Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Japan and North Korea should talk, South Korea's Moon says

Japan and North Korea should talk, South Korea's Moon says

Chinese President Xi Jiping with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un during an unofficial visit to China in March.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to speak about trade and North Korea in a phone call on Tuesday morning, as Xi's top economic adviser plans additional talks in Washington following last week's trip by U.S. officials to Beijing.

North Korea would also invite journalists and experts from the US and South Korea to observe when North Korea shuts down its nuclear test site sometime in May, the South Korean official said.

The two met on Monday and Tuesday in Dalian city of China's Liaoning province that borders North Korea, Xinhua news agency said.

"Media abounded with pessimistic takes such as "Optimism About Korea Will Kill Us All: "The First Step Towards Peace Is Lowering Expectations" (Foreign Policy, 4/20/18), "Kim Jong Un Is Masterfully Playing Trump's Game" (Bloomberg, 5/3/18), "North Korea's Warm-and Fuzzy-Peace Summit" (Daily Beast, 4/27/18) and "'Don't Pop the Champagne Yet': "Experts Take on the Inter-Korea Summit" (Washington Examiner, 4/28/18), all of which echoed the conventional wisdom that we have gone through this before, and there was little new or plausible in the peace agreement.

The talks follow Kim's summit with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea late last month and an expected one with Trump, possibly next month.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK had shown images of two North Korean aircraft taxiing at Dalian's airport, one an Air Koryo plane and another carrying a North Korean emblem. It said although the US has stressed time again on the direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Kim yet its unpredictability makes it necessary to be prepared for the worst scenario.

Although there were no guarantees that the American prisoners would be freed during Pompeo's visit, USA officials said their release would be a significant goodwill gesture ahead of the Trump-Kim summit that is expected later this month or in early June.

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At the summit meeting last month they confirmed their goal of achieving a "nuclear-free Korean peninsula through complete de-nuclearisation".

In a text message to reporters, Moon's spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom, said China had informed South Korea of the Dalian summit.

Kim made a secret visit to China in an armoured train in March end in his first-ever foreign trip since taking over as North Korea's leader in December 2011.

Speaking about his summit with Trump, Kim expressed hope that the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea) and the United States would build mutual trust through dialogue. It said the United States was inconsistent in its approach two cases of nuclear proliferation in the world - one in Iran and other in North Korea and China feels its role could play big if the US's unpredictability fails to serve the real cause.

By not asking the U.S. to reduce or remove its military presence in South Korea during negotiations, North Korea has failed to advance Chinese interests in the talks.

China is likely trying to insert its interests into ongoing inter-Korean talks and shape Kim's message to President Donald Trump when the two meet.

Internet users in China said security was beefed up in Dalian and flight delays happened.

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