North and South Korea to Hold Preparatory Talks for Summit Meeting

North Korea has agreed to hold high-level talks with South Korea on March 29.

The Inter-Korean Summit is set to be held in April with both South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim in attendance.

(Files) This photo taken on October 7, 2017 and released on October 8, 2017 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attending the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang.

"The government will make full preparations for the inter-Korean summit through the March 29 talks", it added.

Moon said negotiations were continuing ahead of the "historic talks" planned for next month with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. But there had been no official word from Pyongyang.

The leaders of the two Koreas have held talks only twice since the 1950-53 Korean War. South Korean officials also brokered a potential meeting between Mr Kim and President Donald Trump by the end of May.

In 2017, almost 4,000 US troops were deployed to South Korea for Foal Eagle, which ran for two full months with a total of 11,500 American troops joining almost 300,000 of South Korea's forces. Unlike in the past, this time one of the most important things that have alarmed the North Korean regime is the unpredictable behaviour of the USA administration.

The diplomatic gains, which began with the North agreeing to participate in the Olympics, come after a chaotic year. However, if we closely examine the Trump's approach towards North Korea and put the things together, it can be observed that Trump's decision to talk with Kim is not an isolated and spontaneous act. Under Trump, the US has led global efforts to impose increasing economic sanctions on the North and has stressed that military action is also a viable option to end the growing nuclear threat.

The timing and size of the annual maneuvers are especially sensitive this year because of heightened worry over the North's accelerated work last year on a nuclear-armed missile potentially capable of reaching the United States.

"What's important is not what intentions (Bolton) has as an individual, but how the entire USA government and President Trump will try to resolve this issue", the official said.


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