With the two Koreas' decision to hold a historic summit in late April and the U.S. President Donald Trump's stunning decision to accept a face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un all set to happen in the next two months South Korean President Moon Jae-in remains extra cautious in taking the process forward so as to not blow off a hard won chance.
"We have, in our hands, the precious opportunity to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, bring permanent peace, and open the pathway to co-prosperity of South and North Korea.
But, what we are trying to achieve in a short span of two months is a huge transition that the world has never been able to realize.
This is why it is difficult for us to be sanguine about the outcome and must remain cautious in the process."
While the president pleaded for nationwide support for the success of the upcoming talks
overseas, his key officials began carrying out Mr. Moon's efforts to bring jittery regional powers on board.
In Beijing, President Moon's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong sat down with Chinese President Xi Jinping for 35 minutes on Monday as a parallel delegation headed to Tokyo to brief Japanese officials on the attempts to open talks with Pyongyang on its nuclear and missile program.
The Chinese leader told the South Korean official that China is "on the same page" with Seoul
and that he hopes for a smooth inter-Korean summit while giving credit to the South for great progress in getting North Korea and the U.S. to agree to dialogue.
President Moon's chief envoy praised the role of China and President Xi in nudging North Korea toward denuclearization and getting Pyongyang and Washington to agree to talks.
Chung will travel to Russia on Tuesday to bring Russian officials up to speed.
In Tokyo South Korea's National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon met with Japanese Foreign
Minister Taro Kono and detailed his recent trip to Pyongyang and the subsequent talks.
Tokyo's foreign minister said Japan would work closely with Seoul and Washington on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula calling the situation a near "miracle."
Suh is scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga before returning to Seoul on Tuesday.
"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.
Amid uncertainty and anxiety running through the minds of all those involved in this process, experts warn 'you can never be too careful' in a delicate situation like this and 'don't count your summits until they hatch.'
Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House."