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PN's Voice 136, 26.04.2018
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PN's Voice No. 136, 26. 04. 2018
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SK-US to Wrap Up Joint Military Drills Ahead of Summit
South Korea and the U.S. will reportedly wrap up and halt their annual joint military drills ahead of the inter-Korean summit set for Friday. The two sides will reportedly wrap up the field drills to create a peaceful mood for the historic summit set for Friday. They kicked off the annual drills on April first for a four-week run, but did not specify the exact end date. The allies will also halt on Friday the simulation-based, command-post Key Resolve drills, which began on Monday for a two-week run.
The annual spring drills were usually held in late February or early March, but this year they were delayed until the end of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Seoul and Washington have taken a low-key stance in carrying out their annual joint military drills ahead of the inter-Korean summit and the U.S.-North Korea summit.
Source : KBS News
Moon: Peace Treaty Not Possible without US
President Moon Jae-in has reaffirmed that signing a treaty to formally end the Korean War will require a tripartite agreement among North and South Korea and the United States, and is not possible just between the two Koreas. He made the remarks during a 40-minute phone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tuesday, three days before his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
"Declaring the end of the war cannot be achieved through inter-Korean talks; it can only be done when at least the two Koreas and the U.S. agree on it," Moon was quoted as saying by presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom. "To meet these conditions, I'll closely cooperate with the U.S. and Prime Minister Abe." He said the success of the inter-Korean summit would not only lead to the success of the Washington-Pyongyang meeting but also help normalize relations between Japan and the North.
After Moon asked Abe about the need for Tokyo-Pyongyang talks later, the prime minister said Japan and North Korea have had many problems such as the North's nuclear and missile tests and its kidnapping of Japanese citizens, but the two countries could begin talks smoothly if the inter-Korean and Washington-Pyongyang summits are successful, according to Cheong Wa Dae.
Source : Korea Times
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
Moon-Trump summit likely for mid-May
A South Korea-US summit meeting is being arranged for some time in May, before a planned meeting between the leaders of the US and North Korea, Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday. Revealing that National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong met with White House national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday in the US, Cheong Wa Dae’s chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said that a Seoul-Washington summit was a key agenda item in Chung’s meeting.
“The two also discussed plans for arranging a meeting between President Moon Jae-in and President Donald Trump before the US-North Korea summit,” Yoon said, adding that the two sides agreed to continue cooperating closely after the inter-Korean summit for the success of Trump’s planned meeting with Kim.
Moon is set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday. A US-North Korea summit is being arranged, but the time and location of the meeting have not yet been decided.
Source : Korea Herald
NK Test Site could be Unusable after Collapse
Chinese scientists have concluded that North Korea's nuclear test site has partially collapsed, potentially rendering it unusable. The test site at Punggye-ri has been used for six nuclear tests since 2006. After the last, in September, a series of aftershocks hit the site, which seismologists believe collapsed part of the mountain's interior. On Saturday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced he was suspending his country's nuclear and missile tests. The surprise declaration came ahead of historic talks with South Korea and the US.
Source : BBC News
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