N. Korea will face no more conditions for talks

  • N. Korea will face no more conditions for talks

N. Korea will face no more conditions for talks

The South Korean leader visited Beijing in December on a trip aimed at thawing tense bilateral relations strained over Seoul's decision to host a USA missile defence system that Beijing sees as a threat to its own security.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who some believe has maneuvered the two leaders to this position, called it an "historical milestone" that will put the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula "really on track".

The South Korean delegation that met with him said the North Koreans indicated they're prepared to talk denuclearization if they're given certain security assurances. A turning point may have been reached when the North sent its athletes to participate in the recent Winter Olympics held in Pyongchang, South Korea. Both of these (South Korea and Japan), we have extraordinarily close and friendly military and economic relationships.

Moon's remarks came about a week after his special envoys held monumental talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un while traveling to Pyongyang.

Trump administration officials say there will be no additional conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation's leaders.

Asked if China would welcome the chance to host the Trump-Kim meeting, the spokesman gave a cautiously worded response, which amounted to "yes, but we need to be asked first".

Amid the flurry of diplomatic activity, there has been no word from Pyongyang about the talks that the regime is said to have proposed.

As Axios writes in an article "How a Kim-Trump summit could help save the Iran deal", for those working to keep the U.S.in the Iran nuclear deal, however, a Kim-Trump encounter - assuming it comes off - would be encouraging. When asked whether Trump would consider travelling to Pyongyang, White House principal deputy secretary Raj Shah said, "I don't think that that's highly likely but again, I'm not going to rule anything out".

As for the Trump-Kim talks, China expects "an uphill battle in the run-up to the meeting" but, the commentary promised, China "will play a large role in the process".

Kim, on the other hand, has never been outside of North Korea since becoming the country's leader, but attended boarding school at the International School Of Berne in Switzerland, according to London's Sunday Times.

China has recently expressed optimism that an agreement would be reached, likely hoping for a deal which includes the United States decreasing its military presence in the region in exchange for denuclearisation.

"Don't count your summits until they hatch".

A South Korean soldier walks through a political march near Seoul Station featuring thousands of Korean and American flags on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

The Chinese side would be "happy but conflicted" about the developments, according to Stanley Roth, a former USA assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.