Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Sweden, North Korea talks extended to Saturday

Sweden, North Korea talks extended to Saturday

Abe spoke with Moon by telephone, the first time the two have talked directly since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asked to meet U.S. President Donald Trump.

Separately, a South Korean official said it was too early to discuss joint economic projects with Pyongyang. As my colleague Evans Revere pointed out, North Korea's definition of denuclearization bears no resemblance to USA definition of denuclearization, and that it is heavily-and unrealistically-conditional, based on the end of U.S. Pyongyang will have to agree to destroy its ICBM program and existing missiles, none of which it is likely to do.

The rare visit prompted speculation the two diplomats could lay the groundwork for a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Just $5 a month.

Hours later, Jiji Press reported a similar story, saying Tokyo fears being left behind in dealing with the North if talks proceed between the isolated nation and South Korea and Washington without Japan's involvement.

Last week, Lofven held a summit with Trump in Washington, where the North Korea issue was discussed. Meanwhile, Suh visited Tokyo and met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the same objective. -North Korea dialogue, coordinate and consult with South Korea and Japan, and lower expectations that one meeting between Kim and Trump could "solve" a decades-long conflict. He's a Republican from Florida and the vice chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The recently-created committee of preparation of the Summit in its first session, held this Friday, to gather immediately high officials of both governments in order to tune up the presidents' meeting in April. The third will organize the summit meeting and be led by NIS senior director Kim Sang-gyun. Conditions have since changed. "They're certainly close, if not already there".

Yet, no matter how shrewd Moon is or how systematically his administration prepares for the summit, obvious difficulties persist.

Salisbury spy scandal will not affect Russian presidential election
Russian voters are gearing up for a presidential election on Sunday, that Vladimir Putin is guaranteed to win. Putin once again rejected accusations of election meddling in an interview with NBC released on Friday.

The U.N. sanctions are actually meaningful, and North Korea's distraught economy hasn't been made any better by the costs of nuclear armament. Now, however, Seoul is the conduit to Washington.

In a phone call with Moon, Trump reiterated his intention to meet Kim by the end of May.

However, such a summit would ease any concerns Japan might now have that it is being left behind in dealing with North Korea, if talks between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington continue without Tokyo's involvement.

What about the summit itself?

But not necessarily. Once the United States has moved to do all it reasonably can diplomatically, the military option will seem more justified, and North Korea will have even more reason to worry. It also is footing most of the $10.7 billion bill for an expanded Army base south of Seoul that will eventually become the headquarters for the main command known as U.S. Forces Korea.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is seen as the newly developed intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15's test was successfully launched, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang, Nov. 30, 2017. Without that information, it is harder to game out how things will proceed.

The views on the ground in South Korea echo the results of the survey. This is the second obvious difficulty facing the Moon administration.

Like this: