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

Moon vows efforts to establish peace between the two Koreas

Moon vows efforts to establish peace between the two Koreas

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

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) shakes hands with South delegation leader Chung Eui-yong in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency March 6, 2018.

Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju on Monday watched a ballet choreodrama of "Red Women Company" by the Chinese art troupe, the KCNA reported.

Earlier Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Kazakhstan H.E. Kim Dae sik explained why President of the country Moon Jae-in had postponed his visit to Central Asian countries, including Kazakhstan.

The visit came amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts by the North, starting a New Year speech in which Kim opened the door to participating in February's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

China, North Korea's traditional ally and biggest trading partner, has backed worldwide sanctions against the reclusive regime over a series of nuclear and missile tests by the North, which had frayed their relations.


The South Korean expert anticipated that the inter-Korean summit's major goal is to have Kim Jong-un personally confirm his country's readiness for denuclearization.

While North Korea and China are mending ties, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headed to the U.S. on Tuesday to meet Trump to discuss both trade and Trump's plans for a summit with the North Korean leader.

A successful Moon-Kim summit could help pave the way for the Trump-Kim meeting, which would be the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

After meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang in March, South Korea's national security adviser and spy chief said Kim was committed to denuclearising the Korean peninsula and had expressed a willingness to meet US President Donald Trump.

North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. The two Koreas may also discuss pulling some of their forces away from the heavily fortified demilitarized zone separating them, the newspaper said.

Kim met Song on Saturday to exchange "deep thoughts" on worldwide issues of concern to North Korea and China and vowed to improve bilateral relations, according to the state media.

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