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Japan calls for North Korean steps toward denuclearization

Japan calls for North Korean steps toward denuclearization

So they are engaged in a complicated process of both trying to blackmail the West, and blackmail South Korea and most importantly trying to blackmail China, keep adversaries at bay and continue to be able to attract the kind of support they need to continue to exist."In this view, North Korea observes the long history of US -orchestrated regime change in non-nuclear states". Beijing worries, however, that it will be marginalized from the diplomatic process that may soon get underway, making it hard to ensure that Chinese national interests are protected. Any a summit in North Korea - even outside Pyongyang - is seen as a long-shot as any Trump visit would risk similarly unfavourable criticisms of the American president.

He said Japan would work closely with the United States and South Korea including on solving the issue of Japanese citizens abducted in the past by North Korea. "He can start by nominating a qualified candidate for the position of USA ambassador to the ROK [Republic of Korea]".

"There were agreements between the USA and North Korea to open up discussion on a peace treaty, but they never materialized", Koh said, saying the conditions were key.

Yet China has long shared the US objective of eliminating North Korea's nuclear weapons. "If military threats to the North Korea decrease and regime safety is guaranteed, the North showed that it has no reason to retain nukes."The import of this statement should not be overblown". It would also undermine the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which limits the spread of nuclear weapons and preserves China's status as one of a relatively small number of nuclear-armed states.

But that hasn't stopped officials, analysts, and other observers from debating the pros and cons of possible summit sites, ranging from North Korea's capital city of Pyongyang, to the Joint Security Area (JSA) between the two Koreas, to farther afield in other areas of Asia or Europe. "It is important to implement words through action and for the North to take concrete action". North Korea reneged on its 1994 pledge to the U.S.to freeze nuclear development and instead raced ahead.

If new negotiations are launched, China may not have a seat at the table - and that prospect is creating anxiety. -North Korea deal could have negative implications for Chinese geopolitical interests. The North Korean leader reportedly expressed a commitment to denuclearization and Trump noted that Kim also "has promised" not to conduct missile tests "through our meetings".

The Swiss foreign ministry has said the country is ready to facilitate talks between North Korea and the United States, and is in contact with both sides.

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At the annual press conference held during China's National People's Congress, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi took credit for the Korean Peninsula breakthrough. Beijing may seek to reinsert itself by offering to host the diplomatic talks. 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.

Ensuring that China has a seat at the negotiating table should not be a central US objective.

The goal of the meeting remains denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, something Kim has agreed to discuss, they said.

"I have consistently called for a diplomatic process to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula".

He's suggesting China would not be an ideal place.

But with the administration understaffed and lacking regional experts, it's a concern that Trump and his officials can be fully prepared in 10 weeks for this meeting, analysts say.

North Korea's state media has kept mum toward Kim's planned summit with Trump, and a separate meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in slated for late April.


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