Kim North Korea talks: What's the big deal?

Hannah Rogers
March 13, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "in the driver's seat at the moment", Wendy Sherman the former chief United States nuclear negotiator with Iran who also advised President Bill Clinton on North Korea told CNN.

Blaney said the United States should collaborate with countries in the region although some are concerned that Moscow could hinder Washington's efforts to reach a nuclear deal with North Korea.

In a September 2005 joint statement, Pyongyang agreed to abandon its nuclear weapons and nuclear programs, while the US said it had no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and that it would not attack North Korea.

With the Trump administration already deliberating the logistics and location of the meeting, questions are being raised about who will lead the day-to-day, working-level negotiations with North Korea in preparation for the historic summit between Kim and Trump.

Kono also said Japan would be willing to provide money for International Atomic Energy Agency inspections if needed.

The United States and North Korea fought on opposite sides of a war in the 1950s, and in the last two decades have been engaged in perhaps the world's most unsafe nuclear standoff, with 30,000 U.S. military personnel stationed just over the border in the South. Kim has pilloried Trump as "senile" and a "dotard".

Chung met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday evening and Suh met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday for the briefings.

"I think North Korea is going to go very well, I think we will have tremendous success... North Korea is showing the world that right now".

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"We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-U.S. summit", said Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman for South Korea's Unification ministry.

(STAND-UP) "The South Korean president said the fate of his country and the Korean Peninsula now hangs on how they handle the next two months this opportunity that has landed in the world's hands like a miracle".

"As long as all sides can focus on the fundamental goals of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and peace and stability, a day of the melting of the hard ice and the blossom of the spring flowers will be seen on the Korean Peninsula", he said. -South Korean military exercises during that time.

China has recently expressed optimism that an agreement would be reached, likely hoping for a deal which includes the United States decreasing its military presence in the region in exchange for denuclearisation.

Chung said Moon is hoping for a "continued active role by China" in engaging North Korea and invited Xi to Seoul.

Xi said China looked forward to smooth talks between the two Koreas and between the United States and North Korea and substantive progress in the denuclearization process and normalization of ties.

Suh Hoon met with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday.

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