The South Korean authorities for the first time in two years shut off the propaganda broadcasts on the border with the DPRK. South Korean officials have said denuclearization would be discussed when Kim and Moon meet.
"I told President Trump that in our meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he's committed to denuclearization", South Korea's national security adviser later told reporters on the White House driveway.
The inter-Korean talks and the expected Kim-Trump summit have raised hopes of an easing in tensions that reached a crescendo previous year amid a flurry of North Korean missile tests and its largest nuclear test.
"Also, South Korean President Moon, who has said that North Korea has expressed a will for complete denuclearization, and certainly that's the focus of any conversation and negotiation that the United States will have with North Korea". Previous meetings between the two Koreas were in Pyongyang, in 2000 and 2007. "And of course the reputation of the North Koreans has been that they don't necessarily keep their agreements".
Sullivan also said that global unity is essential, as countries continue to push diplomatic and economic pressure until the North concedes to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.
"Even before negotiations have started, they have. suspended their missile and nuke tests and they've closed their Punggye-ri site", Chang said. The report said he "personally learned about the treatment". And the North's call for "the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" has been linked to a demand for the withdrawal of the 28,500 USA troops in South Korea. Liasson pressed, touching on what could be a crucial sticking point for the North Koreans.
As for the substance of that meeting, Corker was adamant that the US should not make any concessions to a North Korean leader who western experts consider a ruthless and repressive dictator with a reckless foreign policy.
It's much less clear how the Kim-Trump meeting will go.
China is North Korea's most important economic and diplomatic backer, despite Beijing's anger at Pyongyang's repeated nuclear and missile tests and support for strong United Nations sanctions against North Korea.
Western nations lifted punitive measures and removed Libya's name from the US state sponsors of terrorism after former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fulfilled his promise to turn over his nuclear materials, weapons components and bomb designs obtained on the black market.
A peace treaty to end the Korean War is long overdue.
A report in the South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo published Tuesday indicated that Seoul was considering officially ending the Korean war, which now stands at a technical stalemate as no peace treaty was ever signed. "This is very good news for North Korea and the World - big progress!".
North Korea's nuclear test site is still "fully operational" contrary to reports that it is near collapse, a United States website monitoring the reclusive regime said Monday. "If it's anything other than a conversation about how to do that, then I think it shows it's just camouflage for North Korea to continue working toward its long-sought objective of deliverable nuclear weapons".