Photo provided on March 6, 2018 by North Korea’s North
Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (g) and South Korean President Chung
Eui-yong’s advisor (d), at a meeting on March 5 2018 in
China on Thursday urged the United States and North Korea to
„dialogue as soon as possible“, as South Korean envoys travel
to Washington to report the sudden thaw in relations with Kim
Jong’s regime. A.
The Chinese government is relieved by the recent
inter-Korean warming, which worried the threat of war on its
border by both Pyongyang and Washington.
North Korea has said it is ready to discuss with the US
authorities and give up its atomic bombs and ballistic
missiles, Seoul said on Tuesday after an interview in Pyongyang
between Kim and a South Korean delegation.
The North Korean regime would also be willing to negotiate
its denuclearization, in exchange for guarantees on its
security. Finally, Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon
Jae-in are expected to meet in late April for a historic summit
on the border of the two states, said Seoul.
These spectacular advances are the latest episode of the
rapprochement begun at the Winter Olympics, held in February in
Nuclear tests of North Korea
„The search for a solution to the problem of the (Korean)
peninsula has finally taken an important step in the right
direction,“ said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on
„We call on all parties, including the United States and
North Korea, to get in touch and to dialogue as soon as
possible,“ he said at a press conference on the sidelines of
the UN’s annual session. Chinese Parliament.
– 28,500 soldiers –
His comments come at a time when two senior South Korean
officials left for Washington on Thursday to discuss
Pyongyang’s proposal for a dialogue on his nuclear arsenal.
National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong will meet with US
National Security Advisor HR McMaster and Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson, the South Korean agency Yonhap said. He is
accompanied by the head of the South Korea Intelligence Service
(NIS), Suh Hoon.
Mr. Chung will then travel to China and Russia, and Mr. Suh
to Japan. Together with the two Koreas and the United States,
these three countries are part of the „six-party talks“ on
North Korea’s nuclear power, which has stalled since 2008.
According to Seoul, the Kim Jong Un regime is willing to
negotiate with the United States „if the military threats
against the North disappear and the security of its regime is
The United States stationed about 28,500 soldiers in South
Korea and regularly conducted military exercises with South
Korean troops. A presence considered a threat by North
„While promoting denuclearization, we must resolve the
legitimate security concerns of all parties, including those of
North Korea,“ the Chinese minister said Thursday.
– ‚Maximum pressure‘ –
Beijing, Pyongyang’s main economic and diplomatic backer, is
calling for a double moratorium: the simultaneous stopping of
North Korean nuclear and ballistic tests, and joint military
maneuvers by the United States and South Korea.
In Japan, whose airspace has been flown over several times
by North Korean ballistic missiles, North Korea’s offer has
been mistrusted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. For him, it is a
„The North has in the past gained time during periods of
negotiations to develop nuclear capabilities and missiles,“ Abe
„We must not relax sanctions just because North Korea is
open to dialogue,“ he said, arguing for „maximum pressure.“
„We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the road
ahead will not be easy,“ he warned. „The sincerity of the
various parties in their resolve to truly resolve the nuclear
issue on the Korean peninsula will be put to the test.“