A visiting South Korean emissary in Pyongyang said the Kim Jong Un government has agreed to put nuclear and missile tests on hold while there is dialogue and a contact is established with the United States. Both Koreas agreed on a border summit at the end of April and open a line of direct communication between their two leaders.
A day after a meeting in Pyongyang between emissaries of South Korea and the North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, an official source in Seoul said on Tuesday that the regime is ready to begin negotiations with the United States on the dismantling of its nuclear program with It has agreed to pause its nuclear tests and missile tests while the dialogues continue and also meets with representatives of the United States government.
The two Koreas agreed to hold a summit on their border at the end of April and open a line of direct communication between their two leaders , the South Korean emissary announced after Tuesday’s meeting in Pyongyang.
The summit will be held in the town of Panmunjom, in the middle of the demilitarized zone that separates North Korea from South Korea, said the emissary Chung Eui-yong, who is the security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in . It will be preceded by a telephone conversation between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in, he said.
In a reaction to the announcement, President Donald Trump responded, without giving many details, that although “it may be a false hope, the United States is ready to go in the same direction,” he wrote on Twitter.
Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned. The World is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence said the United States will maintain “maximum pressure” on North Korea until it takes “credible, verifiable and concrete measures on denuclearization.”
Images published by North Korean state media on Tuesday showed Kim meeting with South Korean envoys during a four-hour meeting on Monday night, a very different picture from just a few months ago when North Korea carried out a wave of nuclear tests and He threatened Seoul and Washington, which caused many to fear a war.
It was not immediately clear how the images were reported in North Korea, but in the southern part of the peninsula they quickly spread a day after Pyongyang said Kim had held an “open-heart talk” with 10 envoys of the South Korean president Moon Jae-in. Apparently, Kim would have expressed his desire to “write a new history of national reunification” during a dinner that, according to the South Korean government, lasted at least four hours.
The meeting was the first time that South Korean officials met with the young leader of the hermetic nation in person since he took office after the death of his father, the dictator Kim Jon Il, in late 2011. It is also the latest sign of that the two countries are trying to fix their relationship after one of the most tense years in a region that seems to be permanently on the edge of the abyss.
On February 23, US President Donald Trump launched a package of unprecedented sanctions against North Korea involving 56 entities related to trade and movement of goods to prevent the Kim Jong Un regime from evading sanctions previously established .
Washington’s pressures are for the North Korean regime to reconsider its atomic ambitions, especially in the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile that can potentially target any US city, including the East Coast.