President Moon Jae-in met with former U.S. President Barack Obama at Cheong Wa Dae on Monday.
Moon discussed his recent meeting with Obama's successor Donald Trump and said the two leaders "agreed to continue to apply sanctions and pressure to resolve the North's nuclear and missile issues, while pursuing dialogue in parallel." He told Obama that this was North Korea's "last chance" to return to the dialogue table, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Yoon Young-chan.
Moon also told Obama that his summit with Trump went "better than expected," resulting in pledges to further strengthen bilateral ties. He also sought Obama's advice on ways to improve the Seoul-Washington alliance.
Yoon quoted Obama as saying, "as many South Koreans hope for his success, Moon will no doubt meet the people's expectations."
A Cheong Wa Dae official said Obama "made a private visit rather than as a representative of the U.S. government so the conversation revolved around casual subjects rather than key bilateral issues."
A few hours earlier Obama also chatted for about 30 minutes with former president Lee Myung-bak on the sidelines of the Asian Leadership Conference they were both attending.
Former foreign minister Kim Sung-hwan and former deputy U.S. National Security Council advisor Ben Rhodes were also present.
Kim told the Chosun Ilbo, "The two talked about their efforts in strengthening bilateral relations when they were leaders of their respective countries and agreed view that they needed to play active roles in dealing with climate change."
Obama and Lee met seven times during their presidential terms and in an interview with TIME magazine in 2012 cited Lee as one of his "best friends" along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with President Moon Jae-in at Cheong Wa Dae on Monday. /Yonhap