Korean and US Presidents to Have Summit Just after US-N

A South Korea-U.S. summit is expected to take place in the United States in the middle of next month. Last week, Mr Trump revealed Central Intelligence Agency chief and incoming Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo had made a secret trip to Pyongyang earlier in the month to prepare for the Kim meeting. What would "success" look like? The historic meeting, with potential for progress in critical inter-Korean relations and penisular denuclearization, comes amid so much celebrated momentum for successful negotiations that the South Korean government arranged for global live summit broadcast.

That raises the stakes immeasurably for the United States, which seeks a full rollback of North Korea's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief and a warming of relations between the two nations - and it has huge implications for USA relations with China and such American allies as South Korea and Japan. For Malaysia and other regional states, a reduction of tension on the Korean peninsula is a welcome development, but there are many more steps along the road to real reconciliation and peace.

The Olympic Games in the South Korean mountain resort of Pyeongchang in February provided the flawless backdrop for that diplomacy to flourish. A relative calm was restored after then-North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, the late grandfather of Kim Jong Un, expressed regret over the killing.

The Special Rapporteur will visit the Northeast Asia region in the near future and present his annual report during the General Assembly in October 2018.

If Kim thinks he faces an existential external threat, or even an internal one, he will launch those missiles.

The paper quotes Kim as saying that he feels responsible for the accident.

Just last week, North and South Korea discussed signing a peace treaty to replace the supposedly temporary armistice in place since 1953 (meaning a state of war still technically exists between the North and the South and the U.S.).

During the Korean War, there were a total of 765 rounds of talks at Panmunjom meant to end the fighting.

Moon and Kim will walk to a square between the Freedom House and the Peace House, located in the South Korean side of Panmunjom, to hold an official welcoming ceremony that includes the inspection of the honor guard.

Here's where it gets complicated. For now, both North and South remain committed to that concept, though few believe either will consider the compromises necessary to bring together their incompatible political systems.

South Korea's delegation is comprised of seven officials, including the ministers for defence, foreign affairs and unification. Nor would a unified Korea be acceptable to China, a country central to handling the peninsula. There should never be another proxy war on the Korean Peninsula. "You know why? Because it's a very strong card". But he acknowledged "only time will tell" if a deal is reachable.

A large part of North Korea's underground nuclear test facility is unusable due to the collapse of a cavity inside the mountain after the latest test-detonation occurred, according to Chinese seismologists involved in a soon-to-be-published study. But, they wrote, Seoul and Washington must make clear that any freeze needs to come with unfettered United Nations inspections and visible dismantling of the North's nuclear infrastructure.

Switzerland has once again tightened sanctions against North Korea, in line with a UN Resolution last December after Pyongyang conducted a new missile test.

The Blue House stressed that Seoul will be a "mediator" between Pyongyang and Washington in these upcoming denuclearization talks. "The key now is how to implement any agreement to come out of this week's meeting", says Park Jung-jin, a professor at Kyungnam University in South Korea. Moon should be a facilitator who plays an active role in convincing North Korea to move towards denuclearization by aligning South Korea's policy with the United States while simultaneously not neglecting South Korea's core national security interests.

American University's Prof Lee says Mr Kim wants to be "treated like an equal to USA leaders".

  • Salvatore Jensen