North Korean Leader Kim Long Un and South Korea President Moon Jae-in will meet for the third time in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang Tuesday.They’re expected to finalize agreements made during their first summit in April and outlined in the Panmunjeom Declaration.Cheon Seong Whun with the Asan Institute for political studies tells VOA there is fundamentally one issue the international community should focus on at the summit.
Which is whether Kim Jong Un himself is really willing to give up nuclear weapons in totality and return to the non-nuclear, Non-Proliferation Treaty, shortly NPT, as a non-nuclear weapon state.And Troy University’s Daniel Pinkston says there are a number of expectations for this third summit not only in South Korea but in the United States and throughout the region.
Regarding confidence-building measures on the security side, some movements towards arms reduction,particularly in the nuclear area and people are looking to see some concrete movement.
While there have been promises by North Korea to work towards denuclearization,he says president Moon will be under pressure to persuade Kim to make concrete commitments.On Friday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters the United States is committed to enforcing the United Nations sanctions to ensure a denuclearized North Korea.
We believe they are central to President Trump’s efforts to convince Chairman Kim that full final denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is necessary and that it needs to be done in a way that the world can see that there’s been this strategic change in Chairman Kim’s core understanding of how he will provide a better future for the North Korean people.
Speaking in Seoul last week, Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegan stressed the importance.To find a pathway to a future here on the Korean Peninsula that allows the inter-Korean relations to deepen as much as possible.The Third Inter-Korean Summit will end on Thursday.
Steve Miller, VOA News, Seoul.