Yesterday, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha shocked the geopolitical stage by revealing that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has committed to eventual denuclearization ahead of talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in May
Kang told media outlets that the significance of Kim’s word is extremely weighty in the sense that this is basically the first time that these promises came directly from the communist tyrant himself, and that has never been done before. Believe it or not, the South Korean Foreign Minister said that the North Korean leader has “given his word” on the matter, which promises to set a turning point in the nuclear conflict.
As the Conservative Daily Post previously reported, President Trump agreed to a meeting with Kim Jong Un, which would represent the first time an American president met with and participated in direct talks with the highest hierarchy of the so-called Hermit Kingdom.
In the meantime, different reports stated that a North Korean diplomat handling North American affairs landed in Finland yesterday in order to talk with South Korean and American representatives ahead of the meeting between Kim Jong Un and the leader of the free world.
Kang, who was in Washington, D.C. for talks with American officials on the North Korean nuclear issue and trade, also pointed out that in regards to planning, a channel of communication between Pyongyang, Seoul, and the U.S. has already been established.
While she said she felt completely sure there are back and forth messages between these nations, she pointed out that Kim Jong Un would also need some time, considering the readiness with which President Trump has accepted the invitation to peace talks.
Kang noted that the North Korean dictator was likely “taking stock” of the surprising decision. She said that he would receive the benefit of the doubt and the time that he would need to come out with a public message.
The South Korean Foreign Minister also took aim at the rumors that suggested North Korean officials may have received something to engage in negotiations, by pointing out that neither her country nor the U.S. has offered anything. As a matter of fact, Kang claimed: “there will be no reward for dialogue.”
A couple of hours ago, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said that top national security advisers from the Trump Administration along with Japan and South Korea, met over the weekend to discuss Kim Jong Un’s regime and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
In addition, the Blue House stated that these three parties discussed the summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un, as well as the possible meeting with the communist leader and President Trump.
Apparently, these two days of meetings represented the latest in a flurry of diplomatic activity that has spanned not only Asia but also Europe and the United States.
On Saturday, North Korean officials wrapped up three days of talks with Swedish officials in the city of Stockholm. In addition, further meetings were expected in Finland this week.
According to different reports, Sweden is providing a consular service as a protection for the United States in North Korea.
The officials gave no indication where the summit invitation stands. However, some media outlets reported that Sweden had requested the immediate release of three Americans detained in the Hermit Kingdom
Apparently, Pyongyang and Washington had reached a final agreement on the release of U.S. citizens Tony Kim, Kim Dong-chul and Kim Hak-song.
An unidentified South Korean diplomatic source told Seoul-based MBC TV station yesterday that North Korean and American officials are hammering out details over the timing of the release.
When asked if South Korea could trust Kim Jong Un, Kang pointed out that this is not a matter of trusting but a matter of discussing and pressing for action.
Kang said that once you see those actions getting executed, then you move forward further in order to a get a deal.
According to former State Department official Mintaro Oba, it is extremely important that the Trump administration test Pyongyang’s intentions and flexibility.
Oba said that by accepting the invitation to meet the communist dictator, President Trump has now gained a high-profile state for his administration to retake the initiative.
The former State Department official pointed out this was a clever move, and now the U.S president has to make use of his art of the deal by bringing a creative proposal to define the summit.
Finally, Oba said that if President Trump doesn’t take the initiative, this will open the door for Kim Jong Un to do it on his own terms.