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PN's Voice 135, 19.04.2018
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PN's Voice No. 135, 19. 04. 2018
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Talks Underway to Officially End Korean War
South and North Korea as well as the United States will discuss signing peace treaties to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War during next week's inter-Korean summit and the following one between Washington and Pyongyang, a senior Cheong Wa Dae official said Wednesday.
The official said Seoul is reviewing with the U.S. the possibility of changing the current armistice agreement into a peace treaty as a means to ensure permanent peace here. The two Koreas remain technically at war as the Korean War ended only with the armistice agreement. Although the armistice was signed by North Korea, China and the United Nations Command, without South Korea, the official said it is undeniable South Korea is one of the countries directly involved and will thus be involved in the process this time around. "In the joint declaration to be announced by Moon and Kim after the summit, we want to include an agreement to ban hostilities, although it is not known yet whether we can use the term 'end of the war,'" the official said. "However, we expect to include such an agreement in some form of expression."
Source : The Korea Times
Trump Vows 'Worldwide Success' for Summit with N. Korea
President Donald Trump has vowed to do “everything possible” to make his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a “worldwide success.” "As you know I will be meeting with Kim Jong-un in the coming weeks to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Hopefully that meeting will be a great success and we're looking forward to it. It would be a tremendous thing for North Korea and a tremendous thing for the world" said Trump, speaking at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Wednesday.
However, Trump stressed he will "respectfully leave" the meeting if he starts to feel it won’t be fruitful and reaffirmed that the U.S. maximum pressure campaign against the North will continue until Pyongyang abandons its nuclear weapons.
Source : KBS News
S. Korea, US to Decide on Whether to Hold Joint Drills on Day of Inter-Korean Summit
South Korea and the U.S. will decide next week on whether to conduct their joint military drills next Friday when the inter-Korean summit will take place. The press chief of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, Roh Jae-cheon, said in a regular briefing Thursday that the decision will be made after considering the objectives and performance set by the two sides for the Key Resolve exercise which is set to run for two weeks starting from next Monday. Some military sources say that during the period of the summit, the joint drills may be halted temporarily and South Korea's loudspeakers blasting propaganda into the North may be readjusted or turned off.
Source : KBS News
Trump hails CIA chief Mike Pompeo's secret trip to N Korea
CIA director Mike Pompeo forged a "good relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they met last week, US President Donald Trump has tweeted. Confirming media reports of the secret meeting in Pyongyang, Mr Trump said it had gone "very smoothly". The surprise visit marks the highest-level contact between the United States and North Korea since 2000. Mr Trump is expected to hold a summit with Mr Kim by June. Details are being worked out, the US president said.
Mr Pompeo's trip took place after he was nominated by Mr Trump to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Very little is known about the talks other than that they were to prepare for the forthcoming Trump-Kim summit.
The US does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea, although diplomats have visited in the past and so-called "back channels" are used to communicate with Pyongyang. The last senior US official to meet a North Korean leader was Madeleine Albright, who was secretary of state when she travelled to Pyongyang for talks with Kim Jong-il, the father of the current leader. In 2014, the then-head of National Intelligence James Clapper visited North Korea in a secret mission to negotiate the release of two US citizens. Mr Clapper did not meet the North Korean leader.
Source : BBC News, JoongAng Daily
Two Koreas Agree to Broadcast Live Inter-Korean Summit
South and North Korea have agreed to broadcast live the upcoming inter-Korean summit scheduled to take place at the truce village of Panmunjeom next Friday. Kwun Hyuk-ki, the head of Chunchugwan, the presidential press center, said the agreement was made at the second round of working-level talks held at the border village on Wednesday. He said the two sides agreed to allow live coverage of the historic summit from the moment President Moon Jae-in meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to major events of the meeting. Kim said the two Koreas will have additional discussions on the protocol, security and media coverage for the summit.
Source : Reuters
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