Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Moon adviser says North Korea seeks economic growth

Moon adviser says North Korea seeks economic growth

With that in mind, the South has already started to renovate the Peace House at Panmunjom to greet North Korean delegates ahead of the inter-Korean summit, leading up to the meeting between the two leaders.

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.

"Kim will act during his summits with Seoul and Washington as if he were determined to dismantle nuclear weapons in stages - first declaring dismantlement followed by incapacitating nuclear weapons and denuclearization", it quoted Thae as saying. But Pyongyang has insisted that the two Koreas should sign a non-aggression treaty and a peace treaty should be signed between North Korea and the US.

Trump agreed last month to the landmark summit with the nuclear-armed North, but a specific date or venue has not been set.

Moon Chung-in, a retired Yonsei University professor who is an adviser to President Moon Jae-in on inter-Korean and security issues, shared his assessment in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press.

Catalan separatists march, demand release of jailed leaders
If a new leader is not named before the end of May, Catalonia will be forced to call another election. The Guardia Urbana, a Catalan municipal police force, said 315,000 people turned out.

The first sign that 2018 would be different from 2017, when Kim Jong-un conducted 17 missile tests and a nuclear experiment, was on January 1 during his New Year's speech. "How can nuclear weapons guarantee that?"

A successful Moon-Kim summit could help pave the way for the Trump-Kim meeting, which would be the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. Kim also said he has no reason to possess nuclear weapons if he has a credible security guarantee and doesn't face outside military threats, according to the South Korean envoys. US officials have said those talks would focus on denuclearizing the North. But critics say the North is likely to take only partial steps toward disarmament while winning various concessions, and that tensions could then flare again. -South Korean military exercises. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea as a legacy of the conflict.

The report said the focus of the inter-Korean summit's agenda would be threefold: denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a peace deal, and progress in inter-Korean relations.

Moon Chung-in said North Korea this time knows it can not reach a breakthrough deal with the United States unless it accepts American calls for complete, verifiable and irrevocable steps toward disarmament.

The two Koreas are discussing the wording of a joint statement that could be released at the summit, Im said.

Like this: