Stop the tweeting for the sake of world peace.
After the two leaders sat down on a bench, Kim said, according to the lip-readers: “The North Korea-U.S. summit must yield positive results and I want to take things step by step to eliminate any problems”.
It reminds us of the unprecedented summit between Chairman Mao Ze Dong of Red China and former United States president Richard Nixon back in the early 1970s, a summit that changed the face of the world in the second half of the 20th century and contributed to a safer world.
“Mr. Moon is a practising Catholic and he accepted my idea and named Archbishop Kim Hee-Joong as a special envoy to deliver the new South Korean government’s active intention to strengthen their co-operation for peace and security of the Korean peninsula”.
Zhao Tong, of Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy in Beijing, was quoted by SCMP as saying that the visit of Wang to Pyongyang “might be evidence of China’s strong will” to be involved in future talks on Korea.
More substantial discussions on the North’s denuclearization – including what, when and how it would occur – are expected between Kim and President Donald Trump, who could meet in May or June.
Washington has maintained American soldiers in South Korea since the end of the Korean War, which ended only with an armistice, leaving the two Koreas technically at war.
Pyongyang had long demanded the withdrawal of US troops in South Korea, accusing them of being an advance team of what it claimed to be an eventual and imminent USA invasion of North Korea.
But the worldwide community continues to question Kim’s motives, as details on how the North will dismantle its nuclear program was not revealed in the declaration.
Pompeo has vowed to bring back the “swagger” to the State Department.
The two leaders said they would work for the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula.
The Punggye-ri site, where North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests, consists of a system of tunnels dug beneath Mount Mantap in the northeastern part of the country.
Yet, North Korea made a U-turn since the beginning of 2018 when Kim stated, “We earnestly wish the Olympic Games a success”. North Korea has released three USA detainees in the country, according to media reports, and it meets some of President Donald Trump demands for Pyongyang to demonstrate sincerity before the historic meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un.
The Blue House was responding to media questions about a column written by South Korean presidential adviser which said the USA may have to withdraw after peace.
The F-22 “Raptor” stealth jets last visited South Korea in December previous year when Seoul and Washington staged their largest-ever joint air exercise, days after North Korea test-fired a missile believed to be capable of hitting the USA mainland. North Korea political prisoner Jung Gwang-il and some other activists tossed these bottles into the sea from an island hoping the sea tide will take it to North Korea.
The inter-Korea summit, a watershed development of regional and worldwide significance, has changed the dynamics on the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific Rim.
North Korea customarily reacts with anger to the deployment of U.S. stealth fighters, which it fears could be used for surgical strikes against its leadership and strategic facilities.
The inter-Korean ice-breaking talks were held at Peace House, a building on the South Korean side of Panmunjom inside the four-km-wide, 250-km-long DMZ.
Moon uttered the words “nuclear facilities” and “Trump”, while it was Kim who talked about “the United States” and “the United Nations”.
A US foreign service officer, who did not want to be named, told VOA he hopes Pompeo’s experiences in Congress, the USA military, and the intelligence community “highlight that the United States faces real adversaries overseas, and that the [State] Department’s career employees are resources – not the enemy”.