South Korea's president reaffirmed his willingness to keep striving to promote peace with North Korea through dialogue until the end of his term next May, even after Pyeongyang raised animosities with a resumption of provocative weapons tests.
While launching a spate of newly developed weapons in recent weeks, North Korea has also slammed Washington and Seoul over what it calls hostility toward the North.
There's been a flurry of diplomacy between South Korea, the U.S., and Japan to discuss North Korea in recent days and just this weekend, as well.
North Korea and a formal end to the Korean War, is that a near term possibility?
It's the topic of our News In-depth tonight. Live in the studio with me is Dr. Kim Hyun-wook, Professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy and on skype Evans Revere, senior advisor for the Albright Stonebridge Group.n
As a career diplomat, Mr. Revere served as a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Professor Kim, experts have said its actions indicate North Korea wants its rivals to ease economic sanctions against it and accept it as a legitimate nuclear state. Would you agree with that?
But, it isn't likely that the U.S. or South Korea would ever accept North Korea as a legitimate nuclear state, is it? How else can the U.S. or South Korea lure the North back to the negotiations table?
In his final policy speech at parliament this morning, President Moon Jae-in said he'll "make efforts to the end to help a new order for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula be established through dialogue and diplomacy," while acknowledging his push for peace through dialogue remains "incomplete." What kinds of efforts or options does the President have left?
In part of his efforts to ease tensions, Moon has recently been pushing for a symbolic declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
When Moon meets Pope Francis at the Vatican this week during his European tour, they'll discuss a possible North Korea trip by Francis as the pope has repeatedly expressed hopes to visit the North. Is the United States up for this symbolic declaration to end the war? What's in it for the U.S., North Korea and South Korea?
If this end of war declaration were to happen, when do you expect it to take place? Would it be the end of the year or could it possibly be at the Beijing Winter Olympics next February?
But there are those experts who argue North Korea may test a longer-range missile that could pose a direct threat to the American homeland to increase its pressure on Washington in coming weeks. How would this impact Washington's intent for dialogue with Pyeongyang?
How do you expect Korean Peninsula related issues to develop in the coming weeks and months?
Professor Kim Hyun-wook and Mr. Evans Revere, thank you both gentlemen for your insights tonight. We appreciate it.