SEOUL – President Meng Jian said Friday that the lack of progress in North Korea-US nuclear disarmament talks was "very sad" for him last year. The previous, along with the improvement of the standard of living of the South Koreans.

In particular, he mentioned the unprecedented Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a telephone interview with SBS.

"If there is some progress in the North Korea-US dialogue, we can have peace on the Korean Peninsula and South-North Korea cooperation," he said.