Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Talks between North Korea and United States less than a month away

Talks between North Korea and United States less than a month away

Previously, it was expected that the meet would take place inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the two Koreas, where South Korean President Moon Jae In and Kim Jong Un met in late April for the inter-Korean summit. On the issue of denuclearization there have always been inconsistencies between the DPRK's approach to this issue and the concept of the global community and the United States.

The foreign ministry on Sunday dismissed Japanese media speculation that a South Korean vessel was involved in an illicit ship-to-ship transfer of oil to North Korea earlier this month. With the release of the American detainees last week, Kim Jong Un is setting himself up to look like a rational leader because he was able to give something up.

A group of high-ranking North Korean officials is confirmed to be visiting China.

Given that North Korea's nuclear programs have cost the nation both scarce capital and massive global goodwill, the talks are not expected to be easy.

Kim Dong-chul was arrested in 2015 in North Korea, two years before the other hostages, on spying charges. But, the first diplomatic source indicated, "The level agreement between the sides on a road map toward denuclearization is seen to be at 50 percent".

The threat to cancel came just days after North Korea announced it would dismantle a nuclear bomb test site sometime between May 23-25, part of its its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests. Seoul and Washington too had suspended their annual military exercises, to reassure North Korea of their intentions. There will be status-quo on sanctions till such time the North complies. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. "This will be a fairly long process. that will take about two years". Doing so would strike "a critical blow to the core foundation of the North Korean power structure", he said. According to North Korea, denuclearization should be implemented gradually, step by step, one decision after another.

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The demand for complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization is "wildly different" from getting rid of North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to Van Jackson, a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington who is writing a book on North Korea. The United States apparently is intentionally not revealing another card to North Korea on the method of inspection of its facilities or who will be involved.

The Chinese regime has always been North Korea's biggest trading partner, providing food, energy resources, and other supplies to the North.

Guterres says he is looking forward to "this positive momentum being consolidated at the summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea".

Since North Korea accepted South Korea's invitation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, both Trump and Kim have dialled back some of the more aggressive rhetoric. "He'll probably watch this show at some point".

On Monday, 38 North, a Pyongyang analysis website, revealed satellite imagery from May 7 that "provided the first definitive evidence that dismantlement of the test site was already well underway".

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