Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ex-N.Korean Diplomat Says Pyongyang Will Drag Talks out

Ex-N.Korean Diplomat Says Pyongyang Will Drag Talks out

"We should improve the frozen inter-Korean relations", Kim said in the televised address, "and glorify this meaningful year as an eventful one, noteworthy in the history of the nation".

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. "But it is unclear whether this will be achieved at this summit".

South Korean security officials may visit North Korea to finalize details ahead for the first summit since 2007, where the South hopes the North will confirm a commitment to give up its nuclear program, a South Korean official said on Tuesday.

After U.S. President Donald Trump accepted Kim's proposal to hold the first-ever summit between the two countries, Kim headed to Beijing in late March to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first known time he met the head of a foreign government. The peninsula remains technically at war with a heavily fortified border separating the two countries. "Peace is as complicated as denuclearisation", said John Delury, an associate professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul.

"There also has to be a process of actually delivering the peace", he added.

Seoul has said the peace treaty should be signed by the two Koreas, guaranteed by the United States and China with support from Russian Federation and Japan, and later approved by the UN. "If it fails, Trump will have all the legal grounds to augment pressure on North Korea explaining it by the failure of diplomatic efforts", Rhee Sang Hyong added.

Moon said the ultimate goal of his upcoming summit is to establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

One noteworthy comment from Kim to the South Korean special envoys last month was that he wished to be "taken seriously" during his talks with Moon and Trump.

Mr Moon hopes that his summit with Mr Kim can lay the foundation for a deal on denuclearisation between Washington and Pyongyang at the following summit between Mr Kim and United States president Donald Trump in May or early June.

Seoul and Pyongyang are discussing the wording of a possible joint statement to be released at the summit, Im said. "It is very important for the United States as only after that timeframes for North's nuclear disarmament could be agreed at the North Korea-US summit".

The 2 sides plan to hold working-level talks on Wednesday about arrangements for security and proceedings of the summit.

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