Korea, US leaders meet at Rome G20 welcome ceremony
President Moon Jae-in met with US President Biden to convey the Pope’s intention to visit North Korea. The two leaders met at the official welcome ceremony of the G20, the summit of 20 major countries to be held in Italy for two days starting today (30th).
First, U.S. President Biden said, “Now that President Moon has come, the G20 will all go well.” President Moon said, referring to the fact that US President Biden met the pope yesterday and said, “I saw him yesterday, and he prayed for peace on the Korean Peninsula and said he would visit North Korea if invited.” Then US President Biden said, “It’s good news. You are making progress[in resolving the Korean Peninsula problem],” said Park Kyung-mi, a spokeswoman for the Blue House.
The two leaders met in the waiting room before going to the G20 group photo shoot and stood there for 2-3 minutes.
Earlier, yesterday (29th), the two leaders met with Pope Francis one after another at the Vatican. The Blue House is an atmosphere that attaches considerable significance to this. A key Blue House official said, “Since the Pope has met these two people one after another among the G20 leaders, I have high expectations that the Pope will play a meaningful role.”
President Moon, who met the pope for the first time in three years yesterday, again proposed the Pope’s visit to North Korea, saying, “It will be a momentum for peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
President Moon will also attend a global summit on supply chain chaired by US President Biden tomorrow.