As it begins, the inter-Korea summit appears to work advantageously for both American President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans hold on to Arizona House seat Dems win majority in New York Senate, but won't control it Mulvaney to bankers: Campaign donations will help limit consumer bureau's power MORE and Japanese President Shinzo Abe, who conferred last week about shared strategy and goals.
CGTN's Elaine Reyes spoke to global security analyst Jim Walsh for his perspective on the first inter-Korean summit in more than 10 years.
As a prelude for talks with Trump, Kim will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae In on Friday in the border village of Panmunjom. Since then, through their alliances, China and Russian Federation along with North Korea have been competing with the US for the political and military hegemony of the Korean Peninsula. This is understandable, but the real story here is about Koreans making peace. It will be the first time the two men have met, and only the third between leaders of North and South since an armistice halted the Korean War in 1953.
As North and South Korea gear up for their first summit in over a decade this Friday, many South Koreans have lowered their expectations since previous summits, hoping for peace rather than any swift reunification.
Nuclear explosions release enormous amounts of heat and energy, and the North's largest test in September was believed early on to have rendered the site in northeastern North Korea unstable. Also, remarkable in terms of symbolic and practical meaning, they discussed returning the border to a more normal state. The outcome of the U.S.
After learning about the plan, the Japanese Government lodged an official protest against South Korea through a diplomatic channel, with Tokyo officials reiterating its claim on the islands, according to the Japan Times. Beyond that, no sanctions on North Korea have yet been lifted, and neither the inter-Korean summit nor the U.S.
"But I don't expect too much out of it, honestly, unless Moon can get Kim to clarify that denuclearization means North Korea is truly willing to give up nuclear weapons".
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"The president, taking into account all relevant considerations, including negotiations with North Korea, will determine the best time to sign a finalised agreement on behalf of the United States", Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said.
As global developments of recent years clearly show, agreements that call for nations to scrap their weapons of mass destruction are tempting for US leaders to cut but very hard to verify in their implementation.
They could discuss a path towards a peace treaty to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, which stopped with a ceasefire, and reunions of families left divided by the conflict.
"It was like calling next door", the South Korean government said. Over 73,611 have passed away since 1988 when the registration opened, and a quarter of those alive are over 90 years old.
In recent weeks Pyongyang has been uncharacteristically reticent in its criticisms of Seoul and Washington, sometimes casting their actions as "chilling the atmosphere for dialogue" as it mounts a charm offensive ahead of the summits.
In the context of a more stable Korean Peninsula, we can look broadly to the Cooperative Threat Reduction program as a model.