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Macron hopes new negotiation to help preserve Korean peninsula stability

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Paris, Jan 20: French President Emmanuel Macron hopes a fresh round of negotiations will help preserve stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Over a phone conversation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, Macron "welcomed the resumption of the inter-Korean dialogue and hoped that it would help reduce tensions and build confidence to lead to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula," the French presidency said in a statement on Friday, Xinhua reported.

The French President emphasised North Korea participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was "a positive element," said the statement.

North Korea and South Korea had held a high-level meeting last week and a working-level meeting this week on North's participation in the Winter Olympics. 

The two sides have reached consensus on measures to ease tensions. 

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