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Chinese Envoy Briefs South Korean Leaders on Kim Jong Un Visit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in Beijing China in this Key Reason for Strengthening S.Korea-US Ally
Deanna Wagner | 01 April, 2018, 04:46

Kim Jong-un, meanwhile, insists on a phased approach without mentioning any specific plan.

Donald Trump has tweeted that the North Korean leader "looks forward to his meeting with me". We're willing to hold dialogues with the USA and hold meetings between two leaders.

Further, Moon made clear last summer that a unilateral strike by the USA was an "unacceptable option" and that Seoul and Washington "must avoid a war at all costs", which really put the Trump administration "on notice" that negotiation were preferable to war, Shorrock said. "If the South and the US reacts with kindness, denuclearization could be solved".

South Korea welcomed the surprise meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing this week as positive, and said it hoped it would contribute to denuclearisation and peace-building on the Korean peninsula.

Even so the two leaders hailed their nations' historic ties, with Xi accepting Kim's invitation to visit Pyongyang, according to the North's official Korean central news agency.

Nevertheless, South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon told reporters in South Korea Thursday that "both sides will continue working-level discussions [on the agenda] while focusing on the issues surrounding the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the stabilization of peace and the development of the relations between the North and the South".

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The third summit ever between the Koreas could prove significant in the global diplomatic push to resolve the standoff over the North's nuclear program. Few other details were released.

Consequently, the recent summit between the Chinese and North Korean leaders implies a significant difficulty on the part of the US, which is in a trade war against China with its summit with the North around the corner. Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom in a statement on Thursday called it an encouraging sign that Kim expressed firm willingness for dialogue with South Korea and the United States during his visit to Beijing.

But as a senior South Korean government official noted separately, the North appears to be making some "fairly sophisticated moves" and sending the signal that it has China's backing ahead of summit talks with the US.

Officials from South Korea are also expected to attend the meeting, marking the conference as the first inter-Korean talks in over a decade.

The North's delegation is led by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of an agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

But Kim's opening gambit in the negotiations sounds very much like the salami-slicing of small concessions and rewards that proved a dead end during the rule of his father Kim Jong-il.