North Korea has expressed “hopes for a successful summit” between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who met in Seoul on Wednesday and set a schedule for the countries’ leaders to meet at a border truce village.
Kim’s first trip to South Korea — which will be his second as North Korean leader — comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity ahead of a planned summit between Kim and President Donald Trump, set for June 12 in Singapore. Kim’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, this week proposed a joint summit between North and South Korea, and the two countries’ two most senior officials, Kim Yong Chol and Kim Yong Nam, met to discuss preparations for the summit.
The tour by Moon and Kim also comes in advance of a series of Pyongyang-Washington meetings: meetings with the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are planned for later this month. Moon said the meetings are designed to “further provide the foundation for easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
Though tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have thawed a bit, the trajectory of the Korea diplomacy has been complicated, and has some experts thinking that more diplomacy is likely before anything tangible is accomplished.
“It doesn’t seem to me that there is any high risk. But all the potential for failure is there,” said Moon Sung-whan, a professor at Ewha Womans University, in Seoul. “If diplomacy doesn’t work on this North Korea, what’s next on the list?”
A Sun survey conducted by polling agency Sun-Myung An found that 55 percent of respondents said they are hopeful North Korea and the U.S. will end their conflict over the North’s nuclear weapons, while 37 percent said they are pessimistic.
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