A top South Korean official played down the chances of a breakthrough on North Korea's denuclearization during this week's inter-Korean summit, saying Monday that it's "difficult to have any optimistic outlook" but also noted that Seoul would push the U.S. for "reciprocal" moves in stalled nuclear negotiations.

Im Jong-seok, South Korean President Moon Jae-in's chief of staff, said that much will hinge on "frank talks" between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to a readout of a Monday news briefing.

Speaking later Monday, Moon was quoted as saying at a weekly meeting with top aides that he would seek a lasting agreement with the North.