Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong Saturday said the two countries will work together to seek a “political resolution” of the Korean Peninsula issue.
The top security advisers of Seoul, Washington and Tokyo agreed on the need to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue through diplomacy and to resume denuclearization talks at an early date, said Suh Hoon, director of the National Security Office.
The U.S. State Department stressed that North Korean denuclearization remains an “urgent priority” for Washington.
New Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong said Tuesday that complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is a goal shared between Seoul and Washington and a “key task that cannot be delayed any further.”
Chung Eui-yong, the South Korean foreign minister nominee, said that he believes North Korea is willing to denuclearize in his parliamentary confirmation hearing Friday, while the Pentagon says it has assessed otherwise.
According to a group of 34 foreign affairs and security experts surveyed by the JoongAng Ilbo, only one responded that the Biden administration could consider partially easing sanctions on North Korea for the sake of improving inter-Korean relations
Harry Harris, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to South Korea, said in a virtual forum Tuesday that “hope alone” will not resolve the North Korea denuclearization problem, while underscoring the importance of joint military exercises between the allies
President Moon Jae-in said he looks forward to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un making a visit to the South in the future, reaffirming his belief that Kim still has the “will for peace, dialogue and denuclearization” Monday.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged in an interview Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has “yet to make a decision” on whether to follow through on his commitment to denuclearize.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said Thursday at a think tank in Seoul that the “time for peace has arrived,” stressing that “sustained engagement” is the only way forward to resolve the challenges with North Korea.