N.Korea FM lauds Kim for thawing inter-Korean ties

Marcus Newton
April 7, 2018

This month's summit will be only the third of its kind since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice.

Meanwhile, separate officials from the two Koreas will meet on Saturday to discuss the establishment of a communication hotline between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

China had largely sat on the sidelines as North Korea improved relations with South Korea, raising worries in Beijing that it was no longer a central player in the North Korean issue.

Soon after, President Moon sent special envoy led by Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, to the US.

They described the country's ruler, Kim Jong-un, as "ruthless but rational".

Some analysts have said Trump's willingness to meet Kim handed North Korea a diplomatic win, as the United States had insisted for years that any such summit be preceded by North Korean steps to denuclearize.

The assessment comes as preparations gain pace for an anticipated meeting between Mr Kim and Donald Trump to discuss denuclearisatioin.

On 9 March, Indian foreign ministry spokesman, Raveesh Kumar said: "We welcome these developments".

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What is clear, though, is that a speedy resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue is anything but guaranteed.

UNSC sanctions ban such gifts to North Korean officials, putting the limit on US$100 per item and no luxury goods.

The Ministry of Defence does not consider the United Kingdom to be a target of North Korea because Kim Jong Un's regime does not believe Britain is a threat, according to the report.

North Korea could launch a full-blown nuclear strike on the U.S. as early as July 23, according to a prediction from Britain's Ministry of Defense.

The statements, made at a hearing on January 23 this year, were published Thursday in a committee report on North Korea's nuclear ambitions. The numbers are highest ever totalling 47 including 27 ships related with North Korea, 21 shipping and trading companies, and 1 personal vessel.

Seoul's agreement on the 2018 Inter-Korea Summit between Moon and Kim Jong Un includes a clause that states the summit will proceed regardless of a change in government, but the agreement must also receive parliamentary approval. The North and South Korea summit will occur at the House of Peace located towards south of the Panmunjum (the Joint Security Area of Panmunjeom).

The upcoming summit follows a flurry of dialogue and exchanges between the two Koreas around the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in South Korea held in the last two months. As far as need for a neutral place is concerned, Beijng, Vladivostok, and Ulaanbaatar are strong candidates.

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