UPDATED 6:40 AM PT — Mon. June 11, 2018
South Korean President Moon Jae-in will not be attending the summit in Singapore.
In a statement Sunday, South Korean officials announced they will instead be sending a national security deputy director to the talks to speak on South Korea’s behalf.
President Moon had reportedly hoped to formally end the Korean War during this week’s summit, but officials say there probably won’t be enough time to do so.
However, the South Korean president has extended his support to President Trump and Kim Jong Un, saying he hopes the summit is successful.
“Now I have hopes that the two leaders will make bold resolutions that generously answer to each others’ demands, so that the wish for a new age upon the Korean peninsula from those around the world comes true,” stated President Moon.
This week’s summit comes just weeks after President Moon and Kim Jong Un met for a second time in a push to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula.