Regional affairs surrounding the Korean Peninsula have entered a new stage, following the historic encounter between leaders of the two Koreas and the U.S.
The line-up of Pyeongyang and Washington's nuclear negotiators appear to be taking shape, with working-level talks between them set to take place in the coming weeks.
Today we go in-depth on whether the upcoming talks can yield concrete results, as well as the role of South Korea in all of this.
For that Dr. Go Myong-hyun, Research Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies joins us in the studio.
Always a pleasure to have you with us.
1. The line-up of nuclear negotiators from N. Korea and the U.S. are taking shape.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's counterpart is likely to be North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho, while U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun's counterpart is likely to be the former North Korean ambassador to Vietnam Kim Myong-gil. How do you assess the combination of the two pairs?
2. North Korea's first vice foreign minister Choe Son-hui was widely speculated to be Biegun's North Korean counterpart, but now that's unlikely. Could there be a change in her political status?
3. The possibility of the U.S. taking a more flexible approach towards denuclearization is being raised by various local media outlets following the Kim-Trump meeting at the DMZ. According to an op-ed piece in the Washington Post, one expert said the only diplomatic solution for the U.S. in dealing with the North is through the "small deals". Your thoughts?
4. Various other media outlets have also reported that the U.S. might settle for a "nuclear freeze" of North Korea instead of FFVD. Do you expect a more flexible approach from Washington during the planned working-level talks?
5. A U.S. District Court had ruled last year that North Korea should pay over 500 million US dollars to the parents of Otto Warmbier as compensation. Now, Warmbier's parents have begun the legal process of claiming ownership of a North Korean vessel that has been seized by the U.S. How do you expect things to play out on this front?
6. Could the Warmbier court case as well as the seizure of the 'Wise Honest' have an effect on Pyeongyang-Washington working-level talks?
7. South Korean lawmaker Sul Hoon of the ruling Democratic Party said he recently held talks with the vice chairman of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, Pak Kum-hui in Russia.
He said he suggested the resumption of the stalled inter-Korean business projects including Mt. Geumgangsan tourism and the Gaeseong Industrial Complex.
What's your forecast on the fate of the suspended inter-Korean projects?
8. Lawmaker Sul Hoon also said that South Korean lawmakers have proposed to North Korea to hold inter-Korean parliamentary talks. He said the North Korean delegation received the proposal "positively", but some remain skeptical. How do you see the move?
9. Following the DMZ meeting, North Korea has held back from criticizing the South Korean government. But it still hasn't responded to President Moon's proposal for inter-Korean talks. Why?
10. What's the preferred strategy for South Korea's government? Should it wait and see how the working-level talks go, or seek a more active role?