China Hopes N. Korea Leader's Summits With Trump, Moon Will Defuse Tension

Michele Moreno
April 9, 2018

"It's likely that Kim Jongun comes with an alternate significance in mind", Abraham Denmark, a former senior US defense official claimed, noting a possible denuclearization deal seems to be contingent on the USA generating the most suitable conditions.

The lines of dialogue between North and South Korea were reopened in January for the first time in two years, culminating in the North Koreans attending the Winter Olympics.

North Koreans officials have reportedly indicated they wanted to hold the summit in their capital of Pyongyang, but the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar has also been mentioned as a possibility.

Officials said the current target is late May or even June, according to CNN.

Analysts said the efforts show that the United States intelligence agencies are taking the lead for summit preparations, but expressed scepticism whether such moves were headed by the North's Reconnaissance General Bureau, which deals with clandestine operations against South Korea.

"While the press has reported that North Korea is willing to negotiate their nuclear programme, this is not exactly what North Korea said".

"It's a natural step in the right direction".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump have both agreed to meet Kim. "It's an extension of the communication channels established by the three countries' top intelligence chiefs." said Hong Min, director of the North Korean studies division at the Korea Institute for National Unification.

She added, "But we're going into this very cautiously, very much knowing that he's looked at the Iran deal, he's seen what he can get and he's seen how he can push through loopholes, and we're not going to let that happen again". It is more likely that the North's United Front Department would be in charge...

Washington stunned observers when it announced last month it had agreed to a historic first meeting between Trump and Kim to be held by the end of May.

The working-level talks began on Saturday morning at a facility on the North side.

Other reports by Insurance News

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