Kim Jong Un Discusses Possible Denuclearization
President Moon – “It is too early to be optimistic”
DATE 18-03-08 03:40
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By Alex Kim | News Korea

On Monday, March 5th, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed the possibility of disarmament in a meeting with envoys for South Korean President Moon Jae-in.


Chung Eui-yong, head of the South Korean presidential National Security Office, and the four officials visited Pyongyang, North Korea in an effort to advance peace between two neighboring nations.


It is the first time the South and North set in a same round table since Kim Jong Un succeeded his father, Kim Jong-il, and rose to power.


South Korea’s Yonhap News reported that North and South Korea are keeping the conversation open to “reduce military tensions”.


“The North has affirmed their intention to halt nuclear and missile tests,” said Chung, “the North is open to denuclearization on condition that their safety is guaranteed.”


Kim Jong Un also expressed the North’s openness to starting a dialogue with the United States and normalizing bilateral relationship.


In addition to the disarmament, the North said they will no longer make military threats during the course of conversation with the U.S.


While the North is exhibiting the willingness to reduce long-standing military tensions, South Korea and the U.S. are taking precautions to safeguard against contingencies.


It was only two years ago that North Korea fired short-ranged missiles into the ocean in close proximity to South Korea and threatened to lead South Korea to what North Korea called its “pitiable demise”.


North Korea has broken promises on multiple occasions in previous agreements to stop nuclear developments.


In a recent report by The Economists, Joseph DeTrani, a CIA officer who served as the U.S.’s lead negotiator from 2003 to 2006, expressed skepticisms for the North’s peace offering gestures, “There is no indication that North Korea is willing to denuclearize… They have worked since the 1950s to acquire nuclear weapons.”


President Moon of South Korea said on Wednesday, in response to his envoys’ meeting in Pyongyang, “It is too early to be optimistic.” Moon added, “We are only at the starting line.”


In April, President Moon and Kim Jong Un will hold a summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, also known as Joint Security Area (JSA), located on the border separating the two Koreas.


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