Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Seoul to Propose High-Level Inter-Korean Meeting Late March

Seoul to Propose High-Level Inter-Korean Meeting Late March

A Japanese government source later said Japan was considering seeking a summit between Abe and North Korea's Kim to discuss the abductions. SVT reported that the release of three Americans detained by North Korea ahead of a U.S. During the meeting, McMaster and Haley urged the global community to maintain maximum pressure on the North Korean regime and asked Council members to devote the political will and resources necessary to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions to hold the regime accountable.

The Chinese leadership has closely consulted the US and South Korea on the prospects of talks. "If we reject an effective agreement that delivered on all core American requirements related to Iran's nuclear program, then we will have thrown away one of the few models we have for comparison as we seek the almost impossible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

"The aim of the visit is to contribute to the effective implementation of the resolutions" voted by the Security Council against Pyongyang over its nuclear programme, as well as those calling "for intensified diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict".

"Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze", Trump tweeted on March 9.

Details about their talks were not revealed as Mr Ri's visit to Stockholm, where he once served as a diplomat at the North Korean embassy, is shrouded in secrecy.

It also provides consular services for the United States in North Korea. North Korea's leaders, like the rest of us, may also have been surprised by Mr. Trump's embrace of a summit meeting and they too may be scrambling to craft a strategy to exploit the opportunity that fell into their laps.

Yet President Trump and others in his administration seem confident that in a potential summit with Kim, the United States will be in a position of strength and that the president, with his deal-making skills and charisma, will be able to achieve North Korean denuclearization, an elusive goal for the presidents who came before him.

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As part of the push, the administration is hiring Anthony Ruggiero, a former Treasury Department sanctions expert and advocate of sharper economic pressure on Pyongyang and its allies, to join a North Korea team now headed by Matthew Pottinger, NSC senior director for Asian affairs. But in 2009 Kim Jong Il walked away from these talks to resume his country's nuclear development program.

"If it is the case that the main players want Sweden to play a role, to facilitate, to be a forum or a link or whatever else, we are prepared to do that", Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told Sweden's TT news agency on Thursday.

"In an administration, you're going to have different views", said Yun.

The Beijing-based expert pointed out that hostility from North Korea could become a challenge for China's foreign policy. In the 2000s China led six party talks - that included the U.S., North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and Russian Federation - to reach a denuclearization deal. The meeting may go well, and set the stage for further talks.

Sweden has maintained an embassy in Pyongyang since 1973.

And I think what we all could hope and pray for is that this is the beginning of bringing the escalation that's been happening on the North Korea - or on the Korean Peninsula over the last 30 years to a reasonable end to where that part of the region or the world in fact is safer from now on.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry said on Friday night that Ri and Wallstrom planned to meet again Saturday and a summary of their discussions would be provided afterward.

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