Abe calls on North Korea to take concrete steps toward denuclearization


US national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Monday that Washington is optimistic about an opportunity for President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but is determined to keep up pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearize. He says it's "very important that those conservations are held quietly" between North Korea and the U.S.

The ecumenical body representing churches in Korea - including the Anglican Church in Korea - have welcomed news that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has agreed to cease missile tests, pending a meeting between the country's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, and the US President Donald Trump. In 2016, North Korea approached the United States to request peace talks, but the request was rejected because of a U.S. insistence that nuclear disarmament must be included in any treaty. We hope they would stick to the promises.

"I am delighted that South Korea's efforts have made great progress in the overall Korean Peninsula situation and that close dialogue between NK and the United States has been achieved".

Talking to North Korea may make sense, but at a lower level while maintaining "maximum pressure" sanctions. An attack by the U.S.is unimaginable, with millions of lives in South Korea at risk.

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Choi Kang, vice president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, floated the possibility of Sydney Seiler, a former USA special envoy for the six-party talks. President Moon will meet with Kim in April, while President Trump will meet with the North Korean leader by the end of May. -South Korean military exercises.

On Saturday, Trump said his talks with Kim could end with no agreement or they could be "the greatest deal for the world".

North Korea and the United States have made the possibility of talks more likely by easing tensions. First came Kim Jung-un's declaration that he will never use nuclear weapons against South Korea, in a gesture that aimed to suggest that blood is, after all, thicker than political differences.

South Korean officials told the White House last week that Mr Kim was eager to meet with Mr Trump, and would even suspend Pyongyang's missile testing in order to do so.

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Secretary Tillerson also said it would take "some weeks" to arrange the meeting. The meeting, if it brings peace, could stabilize countries like South Korea and China.

Tillerson's remarks that these things take time contrast with Trump's on-the-spot acceptance of Kim's invitation when South Korea's national security adviser informed him about it at the White House last week.

Zhang Liangui, a professor and Korea scholar at the Central Party School in Beijing, emphasized that the North Korea nuclear issue "involves geopolitical and regional security and China naturally should take an active part in it".

Trump's aides have been wary of North Korea's diplomatic overtures because of its history of reneging on worldwide commitments and the failure of efforts on disarmament by previous United States administrations.

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According to a South Korean presidential office source, Suh told Kono that the North Korean leader made no mention of the abduction issue.