Xi to Visit N.Korea in June

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

The upcoming summit of the leaders of the two Koreas scheduled for April 27 is expected to be an overture to a possible meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, Rhee Sang Hyong, a principal researcher at South Korea's Sejong Institute and President of the Korean Nuclear Policy Society, told TASS on Monday.

South Korean security officials may visit North Korea ahead of the first summit since 2007 if more high-level talks are necessary, a Seoul official said on Tuesday, with the South hoping the North will reaffirm its commitment to denuclearize.

"Even though our special envoys confirmed his denuclearisation will, it is entirely different if the two leaders confirm it directly among themselves and put that into text", Im said.

Reclusive North Korea has been pursuing nuclear and missile programs in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

South and North Korea have discussed plans to announce an official end to the military conflict between the two countries that are still technically at war, the Munhwa Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an unidentified South Korean official.

"We expect the summit will confirm the denuclearisation will (of North Korea)", he added.

Reclusive North Korea is pursuing nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions and has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

"If they can agree on the principle that the two sides will co-operate to denuclearise the Korean peninsula and establish permanent peace, we can call it a success", Prof Yang added. The US sometimes deployed strategic assets over and on the Korean peninsula. On the other hand, President Trump's officials were debating military options against North Korea.

After sharply raising regional tensions with a series of nuclear and missile tests last year, Kim has been reaching out to Seoul and Washington this year, prompting speculation over why he is doing so just as he appears close to achieving his objective of developing nuclear missiles capable of targeting the USA mainland.

The telephone line could be operational by around Friday, but it is not clear when Moon and Kim would use it the first time, Im said.

Discussions are underway about live coverage of part of the meeting, Im said.

Scholars believe that the North may be emulating China, which by the end of the '60s, completed its development of ballistic missiles as well as atomic and hydrogen bombs, established diplomatic relations with the United States in 1972 and pushed through market reform.

The two Koreas have yet to sign a peace treaty to replace the 1953 armistice that ended combat operations in the Korean war, with the United States and North Korea still at loggerheads after the three-year conflict ended.

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