And to tell us more about today's working-level talks between the two Koreas Dr. Go Myong-hyun , a research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, joins us in the studio today.
Welcome to the program.
Thanks for having me.
1- So the working-level talks which had been postponed from yesterday to today took place on the Southern side of Panmunjeom to discuss protocol, security and media coverage for the April 27th summit.
Tell us more about what came out of the meeting.
2- Who were some of the main figures that headed the South and North Korean delegations respectively for today's talks?
3- Has anything come out from the meeting about *how North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will get to the venue of the summit as he would be stepping onto South Korea's side of the peninsula.
4- Some experts have been saying that the summit preparations have been going quite smoothly with the North compared to previous inter-Korean summits back in 2000 and 2007.
How do preparations for the summits back then compare to these talks?
5- What about the agenda for the summit? Has that been discussed yet between the two sides?. because eyes are on how North Korea’s nuclear issue will be put on the table as the two leaders meet face-to-face on April 27th.
6- And we have working-level talks on the communications hotline between the two leaders coming up on Saturday.
The hotline has been deactivated for nearly a decade due to escalated inter-Korean tensions but now that it’s being re-established, what does this mean for the two Koreas?
7- During Saturday’s meeting, you said, officials are expected to discuss technical aspects of the hotline in order to make such a communication line possible between the two leaders of the two Koreas.
Tell us more about the technical aspects.
8- And Japanese foreign minister Kono Taro is arranging his first visit to South Korea next week as foreign minister.
What is Mr. Taro looking to achieve from his trip to Seoul this time around?
9- So this trip comes as Japan has been worrying about the so-called ‘Japan passing’ ahead of the summits between the two Koreas as well as between North Korea and the U.S.
What may be discussed between the two sides?
10- Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has requested that President Moon personally visit Japan before the April 27th summit.
And some have said that this is not the right time to make such a request.
What are your thoughts on this?
Thank you for your insight today.