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* Date : 2018-04-26
Exclusive! Looking at the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit from the perspective of the countries that made up the six-party talks.
An atmosphere of peace, fostered by the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea, led to the resumption of the first inter-Korean talks in 11 years.
South Korea's special team of presidential envoys met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on March 5th in Pyongyang, and announced plans to hold a summit at the truce village of Panmunjom.
At the core of the summit? Denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
The summit has drawn the attention of the six-party member nations.
How do local experts in those countries, including the U.S., China, Russia and Japan see the Inter-Korean summit panning out?
"The Inter-Korean summit will be the last chance for peace on the Korean Peninsula."
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has poured great efforts into handling the North Korean nuclear issue since taking office in mid-2017.
In July of that year, President Moon, through his Berlin Declaration, expressed his strong determination to hold talks with the North, and Kim Jong-un responded with a rare message to the South, cementing the spirit of reconciliation between the two.
In March 2018, Kim then made a surprise trip to China, a matter of weeks before his respective summits with the leaders of South Korea and the U.S.
The unannounced trip by the regime's leader to Beijing, and his meeting with President Xi Jinping.
"Restoring relations between North Korea and China is good for the Korean Peninsula, and is also a positive for the Inter-Korean summit."
The North Korean leader surfaces for the first time at the frontline of his regime's diplomacy.
In addition, less than a week before the Inter-Korean summit, Pyongyang announced that it's closing its nuclear test site and stopping all future nuclear and missile tests.
Now, the eyes of the world are on a possible treaty to formally end the decades-long Korean War.
'A peace treaty to formally end the Korean War "must be pursued."'
Anticipation regarding the Moon administration's 'New Northern Policy' is also rising as a successful summit could lead to the establishment of a land route joining South Korea to Russia, opening up lucrative trade links to Eurasian countries.
Will the 2018 Inter-Korean summit break the decades-thick ice that has formed between the two Koreas and provide a seed for lasting peace to bloom on the Korean Peninsula?
We hear from experts from the Six-Party member countries for their thoughts on the third official summit between South and North Korea.