Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Seoul: North Korean 'Caution' Seen in Announcing Stance on Upcoming Summits

'Replacement of US State Secretary Won't Affect Bilateral Coordination' Seoul: North Korean 'Caution' Seen in Announcing Stance on Upcoming Summits
Sammy Stanley | 12 March, 2018, 17:22

He returned on Sunday from a visit to the United States, where an invitation was delivered to President Donald Trump from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, for dialogue on the latter's nuclear program.

The situation on the Korean peninsula is a near "miracle", Japan's foreign minister said on Monday, according to a spokesman of South Korea's presidential Blue House, referring to a recent breakthrough on talks with North Korea.

The South Korean officials who took Kim's invitation to Washington are visiting China and Japan this week to update their neighbors on the talks.

"At the same time, all sides must exercise patience and be attentive, and show political wisdom, to appropriately face and dispel any problems and interference to resuming the talks process", state media cited Xi as saying.

Chung told reporters at the airport that South Korea will do all it can to ensure talks between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and Kim's separate talks with Trump, achieve fruitful results.

National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong arrived in Beijing on Monday morning and met with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

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The national security adviser of South Korea has asked top United States officials to exclude its Asian ally from a list of countries subject to heavy U.S. tariffs on steel.

Trump agreed on Friday to meet with Kim Jong-un by the end of May and the two Koreas are due to hold their own summit by the end of April.

South Korean soldiers in the joint security area on the border between the two Koreas, North Hwanghae Province, Panmunjom, South Korea on September 8, 2017 in Panmunjom, South Korea.

"We are looking forward to the smooth holding of the summit meeting between the two Koreas and the dialogue between North Korea and the USA and achieving concrete progress in promoting the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the normalization of relations between each other", Xi said.

Rhetoric in the North's state media has been tame, however, compared to threats past year that Pyongyang would fire missiles into the vicinity of the USA territory of Guam if provoked.

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