Abe calls on North Korea to take concrete steps toward denuclearization

Professor Shi Yinhong, director of People's University's Center for American Studies and adviser to the State Council, lamented that as Trump prepares to meet with Kim Jong Un, China "can only stand on the sidelines and welcome the development, but it can nearly do nothing". So why talks now?

US President Donald Trump accepted an invitation on Friday to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for talks on denuclearisation by May in what appears to be a breakthrough after months of insults, threats and hostility between the leaders. The director had just returned from a meeting in Pyongyang with Kim.

The goal of the meeting remains denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, something Kim has agreed to discuss, they said.

Kim, repeatedly derided as "Little Rocket Man" by Trump, was "very aware" of his image, the official said, and reacted to comments made about him in a "relaxed" manner by joking about himself from time to time.

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom straddling the Korean border, but a venue for the North Korea-U.S. summit has yet to be decided.

Chung led Moon's special envoys to the North and the U.S. He is set to visit Russian Federation to share the outcome of the trips.

North Korea has notoriously violated worldwide agreements on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, walked out of the Six Party Talks in 2008, and breached United Nations sanctions on the regime.

Experts suggest North Korea could offer to stop developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). His aides caution that the meeting may never take place, that concrete conditions must be met for it to happen.

No. There is no date and no location as yet.

China's warm welcome to Chung, which contrasts starkly with the lackluster protocol during Moon's own visit in December past year, reflects an increasing sense of unease in Beijing over the U.S.

As far as is publicly known, Kim has not left North Korea since he came to power in 2011, meaning any trip outside the country might be problematic.

It's the only spot along the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where North Korean troops stand face-to-face with South Korean and United Nations Command forces.

By contrast, the North Korea already has up to 60 nuclear weapons.

Again, we don't know. The notion that Kim will give up his nuclear weapons program as a precondition to any talk is nonstarter, a recipe for increasing tensions and escalating crisis.

Four days after the surprise announcement that President Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May, Washington has yet to hear directly from Pyongyang on the invitation extended by Kim via South Korean intermediaries.

"Most of that is an inter-administration, interagency process and I'm not going to get ahead of any of the details of the where, the when, or any of that here today", she said, responding to a series of questions on the meeting between the two leaders. But others warn that if the talks go badly, the situation could become worse than before. He says Russia, South Korea and Japan will as well.

  • Leroy Wright