N. Korea, U.S. to work on details of their joint statement this week

Published on 18 Feb 2019, 10:28
北美, 이번 주 하노이서 의제 관련 본격 조율

Less than 10 days to go before the second North Korea-U.S. summit.
Pyeongyang and Washington are expected to continue working together on drafting a joint statement until the very last minute, as in the actual date of the hotly anticipated event.
Park Hee-jun has our top story. It's hoped North Korea and the U.S. can make further progress this week on their joint statement for the upcoming Hanoi summit.
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok-chol will meet in the Vietnamese capital in a bid to narrow their differences.
Biegun previously said the two sides already set the summit agenda during their working-level talks in Pyeongyang earlier this month,... and that they would try to overcome any differences of opinion at the follow-up negotiations.
Kim Jong-un and President Trump agreed in Singapore last June to establish new bilateral relations and work toward establishing peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
Biegun and Kim Hyok-chol are to focus on specific ways to implement that promise.
At the core of that,... is believed to be the verified shutdown of the North's Yeongbyeon nuclear complex, which produces the essential materials for making nuclear weapons.
But the U.S. may demand additional denuclearization steps,... if North Korea is to get at least partial sanctions relief.
"The Yeongbyeon facility was already on the agenda a decade ago. And this is kind of obsolete now. So the Trump administration may be asking for more, seeking for more from North Korea,... in return for economic rewards and some degree of easing sanctions on North Korea."
Watchers say, the more specific the statement, the more likely the summit will be a success.
As a result,... it's possible Pyeongyang and Washington may continue their working-level talks right up to the day of the summit,... until they find a middle ground that satisfies both sides.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.

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