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[Issue talk] N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrives back in Pyeongyang Updated: 2019-03-05 12:21:42 KST


And for more, we have Dr. Woo Jung-yeop -- a research fellow at the Sejong Institute, joining me in the studio.
Welcome.



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North Korean media have reported on Kim Jong-un's arrival back in Pyeongyang after what they claim was a successful summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. But the English news service of the North's Korea Central News Agency, made no mention of the Trump summit.
We don't know if it was left out on purpose, or related to the summit breakdown.
But state media outlets in general have been refraining from criticism of the U.S. despite the no-deal breakdown. What should we make of this?

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There was speculation that Kim could make a stopover in Beijing on his way back to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. However, that wasn't case. How should we be looking at this? Do you think it could have been a burden for either side to make a move so soon, given that it could get on the wrong side of Washington?

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Do you see a possible North Korea-China summit in the works in the near future though, after Kim Jong-un makes up its mind over whether and how to proceed with the nuclear negotiations with Washington?

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U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the Democrats for opening hearings with his former lawyer Michael Cohen, who he called a "convicted liar and fraudster", at the same time as the summit with North Korea -- saying that this may have contributed to the walk. How much of an impact to do you think Cohen's testimony had on the summit?

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Now Japan has been pretty much out of the scenes since last year, but it's expressed support for the decision to leave the U.S.-North Korea summit with no deal. Some have speculated that Japan itself could have contributed to the breakdown. What are your thoughts on this?

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South Korea's top nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon left Tuesday for the United States to discuss ways to maintain momentum in efforts to denuclearize North Korea following a no-deal Hanoi summit. He's going to sit down for talks with Stephen Biegun. Lee said they will analyze the outcome, solidifying coordination between South Korea and the U.S., and consulting on what to do going forward. What are some of the measures you think they will come up with?

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Do you think there will be a possibility that the issue of inter-Korean economic cooperation will be brought up?
(A unification ministry official said that Seoul will consult with the Washington to restart two major economic cooperation projects, as it will contribute to peace and the denuclearization process.)

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Now, inter-Korean exchanges haven't been the most active this year either. Under the joint military agreement the two Koreas signed last September, they agreed to hold defense talks in March. Whether they will respond remains to be seen, but at a time when talks have broken down, what stance do you think North Korea will take in terms of inter-Korean exchange?

Thank you for your insights.
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