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South Korean President: summits to bring significant change

13 March 2018

Last week, Donald Trump decided, on a whim, to accept Kim Jong-un's invitation to come by for some "nuclear talks and chill".

South Korea National Security Office chief Chung Eui Yong, meanwhile, met Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday. The possible summit would also take place as the North snaps off regular weapons tests in a dogged march toward its goal of a viable nuclear arsenal that can threaten the USA mainland.

(STAND-UP) "The South Korean president said the fate of his country and the Korean Peninsula now hangs on how they handle the next two months this opportunity that has landed in the world's hands like a miracle". "If this is carried out, Western countries trading with the USA and many steelmakers and aluminum producers will suffer significant damage".

The ecumenical body representing churches in Korea - including the Anglican Church in Korea - have welcomed news that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has agreed to cease missile tests, pending a meeting between the country's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, and the US President Donald Trump. She emphasized that "nothing" had changed from the USA viewpoint and that Trump's "maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea would continue.

'We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-U.S. summit, ' said Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman for the ministry, in a regular press conference.

And Saturday Trump used Twitter to provide an update about North Korea.

"Given everything that's going on, I would like to go and see first hand and discuss with officials [about] their perspective", he said.

Kim has pushed his isolated nation closer to having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the USA mainland.

China has recently expressed optimism that an agreement would be reached, likely hoping for a deal which includes the United States decreasing its military presence in the region in exchange for denuclearisation.

"What does North Korea mean by the suggestion that it will consider denuclearization as a condition for these talks?" she added. "I think it's time", Trump said.

Trump has also ribbed Kim on social media frequently, only heightening global tensions.

A Realmeter poll showed Monday that 73 percent of 500 South Koreans surveyed said they welcomed North Korea's change of attitude.

However, Kim's time in the West is not an officially acknowledged part of his biography and analysts say he may want to avoid drawing attention to that period in socialist and impoverished North Korea. It would not be irrational for Kim to look at this precedent and conclude that his tyrannical regime is more secure with weapons of mass destruction, than it would be without them.

The sanctions resolutions ban North Korean exports of commodities and severely restricted shipments of oil and fuel to the isolated state.

North Korea's state media have lauded the thaw in relations with South Korea.

South Korean President: summits to bring significant change