June 11, 2018 / 8:24 AM / 7 days ago

North Korea's past action no indication of future behavior: South Korea adviser

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea’s past action should not be used to try to predict its future behavior, the special national security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in Tokyo on Monday, during a panel discussion on North Korea.

A journalist reads a local newspaper showing an article on the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un near St. Regis hotel in Singapore June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Moon Chung-in’s comment came a day before a high-stakes summit meeting in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Talks between the leaders are expected to center on ending the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programs in return for diplomatic and economic incentives.

Moon said the United States had blamed North Korea for breaking promises regarding its nuclear program in the past, but that it “would have different views”.

“Now is the time to set aside all those things. Let us see whether North Korea can deliver what the U.S. wants and the entire world wants,” Moon said.

“Therefore past behavior should not be the yardstick to judge current or future behavior of North Korea.”

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by Malcolm Foster; Editing by Robert Birsel

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