Today marks exactly one year since North Korea's leader and a sitting U.S. sitting president met for the first time in history for summit talks. The unprecedented event opened a new chapter in history, otherwise known as the Singapore summit.
It was a promising moment for the two sides to start building trust, reflected on the joint agreement they signed in Singapore. However, nuclear negotiations hit a snag during their second summit in Hanoi, and not much progress has been made since then.
Against such backdrop, President Moon Jae-in has just delivered a speech in Oslo mentioning his peace process on the Korean Peninsula, during the second leg of his across three Nordic nations.
Today we go in-depth on where we stand on the road to North Korea's denuclearization, with Dr. Bong Young-shik, of Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies.
1. Let's begin with President Moon Jae-in's speech at the University of Oslo. How did you see it? What would you say are the main points we shouldn't miss from his speech?
2. President Moon said that what we need now is not a new declaration, but efforts to deepen trust and cement determination for dialogue. But despite the fact that both Pyeongyang and Washington have been showing willingness to continue dialogue not much progress has been made. What do you make of that, and what would you say then would be a more pragmatic approach to resolve the deadlock?
3. President Moon also mentioned that exchanges and cooperation are essential in order to resolve a conflict. Do you think he implied the need to resume inter-Korean exchanges and projects to the global community?
4. Just a few hours ago today, North Korea expressed condolences over the passing of former South Korean first lady Lee Hee-ho. Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong handed over condolence flowers and messages to South Korea's top security officials at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjeom. How do you see this gesture?
5. Today marks exactly one year since the first historic encounter between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Trump in Singapore. Could you give us a recap on the achievements following the Singapore summit? Conversely, what do you see as lacking or not done sufficiently?
6. President Trump announced today that he received a "beautiful letter" from Kim Jong-un. Although not much details were revealed, this is seen by many as a significant step. What do you think Kim's message was?
7. Trump has also hinted at the possibility of a third North Korea-U.S. summit. Do you think the letter could lead to talks of any kind between the two?
8. Trump also commented on the report that Kim's half-brother Kim Jong-nam, who was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport two years ago, was a source of intel for the CIA, saying that such a thing would not have happened while he's in office. How do you interpret this comment?
9. President Moon will also deliver a speech on Friday, this time to the Swedish parliament. What kind of message can we expect on Friday? Do you expect a much stronger message?