Points to watch for at Pyongyang summit

Points to watch for at Pyongyang summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wave during a auto parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sept. 18, 2018.

They hoisted North Korean flags, flowers and flags depicting a unified Korean peninsula in blue against a white background.

Since taking office in May previous year, Mr Moon has met Mr Kim twice at the Koreas' shared border village of Panmunjom.

If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the flawless propaganda set piece, something created to show his people that he's a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-delayed, long-promised prosperity they deserve, then visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in might be providing him with a unique opportunity during their summit this week.

In line with the focus on economic ties, executives from South Korea's big business conglomerates, or chaebols, will form a large part of the South's delegation.

The leaders of the two Koreas had their first in-depth talks in Pyongyang on Tuesday.

Underscoring the challenges ahead, North Korea's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun said on Tuesday "the responsibility falls squarely on the United States" for the stalled nuclear discussions. After landing in a county with which his nation is technically still at war, Moon said, "From the airplane, I observed North Korea's mountains and rivers and the streets of Pyongyang from the time they appeared until we landed".

Talks between the United States and North Korea, which Moon brokered through his April and May summits with Kim, have stalled since Kim's meeting with President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.

On Wednesday, Moon and Kim are expected to unveil a joint statement, and a separate military pact created to defuse tensions and prevent armed clashes, Im said.

Kim has yet to specify concrete measures to get rid of his country's nuclear weapons.

"This summit would be very meaningful if it yielded a resumption of North Korea-U.S. talks", Moon said.

Points to watch for at Pyongyang summit

He went on to say that he believes the "the establishment of an enduring peace regime is the way for the South and North to become the masters of Korean Peninsula issues, without getting pushed around by any worldwide situation and is also the path toward common prosperity and reunification".

The South Korean president and his entourage will be received at the airport in Pyongyang with an official welcoming ceremony, where Kim could make a personal appearance, Im said.

At the same time Kim will look to secure closer inter-Korean co-operation as Seoul and Washington move at increasingly different speeds in their approaches to Pyongyang.

During Tuesday's afternoon briefing to reporters, Yoon said it was unclear how much progress would be made on denuclearization issues and that it would be necessary to wait until after Wednesday's talks before any conclusions, if any, would be announced.

"The government of President Moon", says Gaffney, "is more or less playing for their side, not ours, and to the great detriment to the people of South Korea".

Moon is under pressure from Washington to push for progress in dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear program.

"Multiple things are taking place at once, and we hope the conditions for US-North Korea talks will be established".

The North just completed an elaborate celebration replete with a military parade and huge rallies across the country to mark North Korea's 70th anniversary.

Though reunification may be out of reach, the importance of other forms of North and South Korean reconciliation, including re-establishing communications, can not be overstated, Lee said.

One of those agreements came to fruition on Friday when the two Koreas opened a joint liaison office in the North's city of Kaesong, which once hosted a joint industrial estate shuttered in 2016 by Moon's conservative predecessor. Another possible area of agreement could be on a formal statement on ending the Korean War, which was halted in 1953 by what was meant to be a temporary armistice. Both meetings were held at the border village of Panmunjom.

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