With the two Koreas' decision to hold a historic summit in late April and the U.S. President Donald Trump's stunning decision to accept a face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un all set to happen in the next two months South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Blue House remains extra cautious in taking the process forward so as to not blow off a hard won chance.
"We have, in our hands, the precious opportunity to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, bring permanent peace, and open the pathway to co-prosperity of South and North Korea.
But, what we are trying to achieve in a short span of two months is a huge transition that the world has never been able to realize.
This is why it is difficult for us to be sanguine about the outcome and must remain cautious in the process."
While the South Korean president pleaded for nationwide support for the success of the upcoming talks across the political aisle and ideological differences on the foreign relations front, he began his efforts to bring jittery regional powers on board.
His National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong traveled to Beijing and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday while a parallel delegation headed by National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon flew to Tokyo to brief Japanese officials on the attempts to open talks with Pyongyang on its nuclear and missile program.*******
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"Our President, Moon Jae-in, and the South Korean government believe that various advances toward achieving the goal of peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula have been made possible with active support and contribution from President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government."
Yang said China insists on all parties "sticking to solving the issue through dialogue and consultation."
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"As long as all parties insist on solving the issue politically and maintain this direction, we can undoubtedly lead the situation on the Korean Peninsula to move forward in the direction in which the global community hopes for."
Chung is also scheduled to visit Russia on Tuesday where he will likely sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin to brief him on the outcome of the North Korea trip and the progress of the subsequent talks.
"The South Korean president said the fate of his country and the Korean Peninsula now hangs on how they handle the next two months this opportunity that has landed in the world's hands like a miracle.
Amid uncertainty and anxiety running through the minds of all those involved in this process, experts warn 'you can never be too careful' in a delicate situation like this and 'don't count your summits until they hatch.'
Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House."