The man in the hot seat, South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Photo: Flickr

A spokesperson for Cheong Wa Dae – South Korea’s executive office – has dismissed a recent report that President Moon Jae-in was reaching out to the Vatican to facilitate a summit with North Korea.

“Archbishop Kim is in fact set to deliver the president’s personal letter to the pope. However, the letter does not contain a request to the pope to help mediate a South-North Korean summit,” a statement from the spokesperson was quoted by Yonhap as saying.

The spokesperson added that the president has asked the pope to pray for peace and reconciliation between the divided Koreas.