President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear program, the White House announced Friday.
Choe's trip comes as expectations grow for a second meeting between Kim and Trump - despite a lack of progress in denuclearisation negotiations - after the North Korean leader went to Beijing, long Pyongyang's key ally, last week for talks with President Xi Jinping.
The Swedish foreign minister cast these as just "talks in a minor format" involving "international experts", but any contact between the USA and North Korea is notable.
The white paper is the first published under the administration of President Moon Jae-in, who took office in May 2017 with pledges to seek rapprochement with North Korea. Proper form, however, would have two heads of state meeting only when there is some agreement to conclude in place.
Hopes for a new round of diplomacy were raised when North Korea's leader said in his New Year's Day address that he was willing to meet with Trump "at any time".
"That probably means cosmetic compromises at best but no major substantive concessions on either side, though Kim will probably want to make the case that big steps forward on denuclearization from North Korea are possible but only with some reciprocal measures, particularly sanctions relief, on the USA side". A State Department spokesman, Robert Palladino, said they had a "good" discussion toward progress on commitments Trump and Kim Jong Un made at their June summit in Singapore. But there has been little significant progress.
Pompeo had planned to meet his North Korean counterpart to discuss a second summit last November, but the meeting was postponed at the last moment.
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In a report released on Tuesday, the ministry said that North Korea's weapons of mass destruction remained a threat to "peace and security on the Korean Peninsula".
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The ministry explained that the shifted stance against the North was in response to the regime's steps for peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
In the latest defense document, South Korea's military said it considers unspecified "forces which threaten (South Korea)'s sovereignty, territory, citizens and property our enemy".
The South Korean Committee for Implementation of the June 15 Joint Declaration had earlier said it would hold the joint event at the scenic mountain resort later this month.
"The end goal remains unchanged, whether it be complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, or final, fully verified denuclearisation". The meeting will likely be followed by a Kim visit to the White House, where he could meet with Trump, according to two officials, who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Trump said this month he had received a "great" letter from Kim and would probably meet him again soon.
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