On Tuesday, Kim Jong-Un agreed to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in April neat the border and impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests if his country holds talks with the United States, according to a South Korean official who was part of the 10-member delegation, which traveled North.
The agreement is a stepping stone for the two neighbors, brightening prospects for a sincere dialogue, after both sides stepped up the efforts in improving their relations in the spirit of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s presidential National Security Director, upon his return, mentioned that the two leaders will also establish a “hotline” communication channel between them to lower military tensions, and would speak together before the planned summit.
The past two years there was radio silence from Pyongyang as tensions escalated to alarming levels, following repeated ballistic tests by the North Korean leader, who engaged in a verbal war with US President Donald Trump.
The US have repeatedly made clear that they want constructive dialogue with North Korea and not empty talks, and members of the Trump administration have expressed the view that all options -including military measures- remain on the table, in spite of reassurances by South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha that they will consult with Seoul first.
This meeting, despite its historic significance, comes at a turbulent time as South Korea and the US will soon announce their plans for the postponed joint military drill. It is reminded that the exercise was delayed due to the Winter Olympics, but was never cancelled. Pyongyang has repeatedly condemned the drill as a preparation test for its invasion.
President Moon, on Wednesday, stressed that the sanctions on North Korea will not be eased for the sake of a summit between the two sides