S.Korea lists agenda for summit with North

S.Korea lists agenda for summit with North

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attended a ballet performance by a Chinese art troupe with his wife in Pyongyang, official media reported Tuesday. A successful summit between Moon and Kim could pave the way for a meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump - the first between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader.

"Kim will act during his summits with Seoul and Washington as if he were determined to dismantle nuclear weapons in stages - first declaring dismantlement followed by incapacitating nuclear weapons and denuclearization", it quoted Thae as saying.

One noteworthy comment from Kim to the South Korean special envoys last month was that he wished to be "taken seriously" during his talks with Moon and Trump.

"Even though our special envoys confirmed his denuclearization will, it is entirely different if the two leaders confirm it directly among themselves and put that into text", Moon's chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, told reporters.

Im noted that past agreements to denuclearize were not realized, partly due to lack of USA support or consent.

After sharply raising regional tensions with a series of nuclear and missile tests last year, Kim has been reaching out to Seoul and Washington this year, prompting speculation over why he is doing so just as he appears close to achieving his objective of developing nuclear missiles capable of targeting the USA mainland. It conducted its most powerful nuclear test a year ago and has sought to develop a missile capable of hitting the United States mainland.

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South Korea has listed 3 main issues to be discussed at its summit with North Korea next week.

Seoul and Pyongyang are discussing the wording of a possible joint statement to be released at the summit, Im said. The talks yielded an agreement to organize a meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas. "It is very important for the United States as only after that timeframes for North's nuclear disarmament could be agreed at the North Korea-US summit". "We should improve the frozen inter-Korean relations", Kim said in the televised address, "and glorify this meaningful year as an eventful one, noteworthy in the history of the nation".

The Chinese side will make a final decision after observing the results of the planned US-North summit, according to the Yomiuri.

The delegation of the Republic of Korea on March 5 met with the leader of the DPRK in Pyongyang.

Discussions are underway about live coverage of part of the meeting, Im said.

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