Hatim Khan 07.03.2018 The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is willing to negotiate with the United States and the issue of North Korean denuclearization may also be on the table. This historic news comes soon after a South Korean delegation of 10 was sent on a two-day visit to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea to hold talks with Mr. Kim. The improvement in relations between the two countries that began in the recent Winter Olympics in Pyongyang seems to have continued even after the games ended. It is at the opening ceremony of these games that Mr. Kim first invited Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea to a summit. The invitation was delivered to Mr. Moon through his sister, Kim Yo-jong.
Over the period of two days, officials from both of the Countries agreed to an inter-Korean summit next month where the two leaders of the Countries shall meet. This is going to be the third summit of its kind between North and South Korea, but the first since Kim Jong-un came to power back in 2011. It shall take place in the border village of Panmunjom; a demilitarized zone where the Korean Armistice Agreement (1953) took place, that led to the end of the Korean War. The South Korean delegation discussed the importance of the potential dialogue that is to take place between US and North Korea. Furthermore the North Korean spoke of his willingness to give up the nuclear arms to hold a dialogue with US as long as the security threats to North Korea are also removed. He further added that the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula was one of his father’s wishes. While the dialogues are ongoing the North Korean leader also agreed to not carry out any further nuclear or ballistic missile tests, which may deteriorate the entire ongoing peace effort.
Kim Jon-un’s statements has been seen with skepticism by many analysts as a way of preventing or hindering the US and South Korean military exercises that are scheduled to take place next month as well. The skepticism arises because of the sudden change in tone of the North Korean leader. Donald Trump’s demand for North Korea to give up on its nuclear program if they wanted a negotiation to take place had been slammed as “preposterous” by North Korea last weekend.
On the other hand, many analysts are arguing that the military exercises should not take place on the same month as the summit. However, both the US and the South Korean leaders have maintained that the war games will be held as scheduled.
The American skepticism regarding North Korea’s intention is evident from the recent statements of President Donald Trump, who said, “We have come certainly a long way, at least rhetorically, with North Korea. It would be a great thing for the world. It would be a great thing for North Korea ... but we'll see what happens”.