Trump says Kim summit details to be unveiled within days

"We heard it through our sources in North Korea late last month, said Choi Sung-ryong, a leading activist". Being on official duty, none of them were ready to talk.

The Japanese government can work together with the families of well as South Korean victims of North Korean violence and champion the cause of human rights being an integral part of any negotiation with Pyongyang.

"Ultimately, they need a country where both leaders have the security they need, to have a country where they can meet in common ground ... it's a small number of countries to be honest" said Lee. Some of them teach English in local schools as well.

The rival Koreas dismantled huge loudspeakers used to blare Cold War-style propaganda across their tense border on Tuesday, as South Korea's president asked the United Nations to observe the North's planned closing of its nuclear test site.

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to put a stop to the hostile acts against each other at the border, establish a liaison office and resume reunion of separated families. "American forces should stay even if such an agreement is signed".

But Mr Trump has previously questioned why the United States is spending so much on its South Korean military presence.

South Korea's finance minister said on Wednesday that there was a rise in the number of Chinese tourists in March although the service sector has not yet recovered from a drop in such visitors due to tensions between the two countries.

But in all these many years since 1953, there has been no peace treaty between North and South, although they are the very same Korean people.

North Korea has released three USA detainees in the country, according to media reports, and it meets some of President Donald Trump demands for Pyongyang to demonstrate sincerity before the historic meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

If Trump gets it, he would be following in-the-footsteps of predecessor President Barack Obama, who also got a Nobel Peace Prize.

It is my wish that today's Panmunjeom Declaration will meet the anticipation of those who have keenly awaited the results of our summit, and to deliver new hope and joy. While these generations are connected through policy and the momentum of history, the current North Korean leader has more room to maneuver than his father and grandfather did.

According to former Pakistan high commissioner to India, Aziz Ahmed Khan, India and Pakistan should take lessons from the Korea thaw. And, the two countries have started dismantling loudspeakers that for decades blared propaganda to each other. Additionally, the new generation has a different understanding of methods to retain power and influence in a more open, economically connected North Korea. The first was in 2010 was when it broadcast "Hit Your Heart" by the K-pop girl band 4minute, in response to a torpedo fired by the North that sunk a warship. Analysts say China's sanctions implementation may have helped prompt the North's diplomatic initiatives although the secretive regime in Pyongyang has made no public comments on the issue. With their technical know-how, South Korea managed to broadcast at least about 20km deep into North Korea.

Roadblocks are tight and security screenings are stringent.

If a chance exists for a different outcome, it comes not only from political will, but also from the changing circumstances in and around the Korean Peninsula.

I learned how the United States first garbled the "Korean peninsula problem" after the successes of World War II.

  • Leroy Wright