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* Date : 2018-06-26
Following the historic North Korea-U.S. summit, the regional powers are busy plotting their next moves regarding developments on the Korean Peninsula. With geopolitical dynamics shifting over North Korea's pledge towards denuclearization and economic development, neighboring countries are stepping up their diplomatic efforts with Pyongyang. The United States for one, is now deliberating on follow-up measures to the summit, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinting at a return visit to Pyongyang, stressing the need to iron out details of the summit agreement. Japan meanwhile, which had long advocated a hardline policy on North Korea, is also pushing to arrange a summit meeting between Pyongyang and Tokyo. China has also stressed its position as North Korea's long-time ally, with Kim Jong-un visiting China for the third time this year on June 19, taking notes of the country's economic development. Russia, marking the 70th year of diplomatic relations with North Korea, has requested that Kim visit Russia in the near future, with President Putin also hinting at a possible visit to Pyongyang, sometime after September.
Shortly after the North Korea-U.S. summit, the Seoul government has been stepping up its diplomatic game with each of the four regional powers. Just two days after the meeting between Trump and Kim, it hosted a trilateral meeting between the top diplomats of South Korea, the United States and Japan, where they reaffirmed their commitment to work together in ensuring the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. President Moon Jae-in meanwhile, traveled to Russia on June 21 for a state visit. On his first day in Moscow, he delivered a speech at the State Duma, stressing that the establishment of a framework of peace on the Korean Peninsula, could induce further cross-border economic cooperation which could also include Russia. Also, a trilateral summit between South Korea, China and Japan has been proposed by Beijing, which could take place in December following the last meeting in May. In this week's edition of "Foreign Correspondents", we take a look at the diplomatic tug-of-war that is taking place in and around the Korean Peninsula following the North Korea-U.S. summit.
Kim Gamel, Journalist / Stars and Stripes
Stanislav Variboda, Journalist / Itar-TASS
Fabian Kretschmer, Journalist / Deutsche Welle