There are fresh indications that denuclearization talks between North Korea and the U.S. could get back on track. North Korea's vice foreign minister said that Pyeongyang has the willingness to talk -- with U.S. President Donald Trump calling the announcement "interesting" and that "meetings are a good thing."
But shortly after that offer, the North made another provocation, test launching projectiles for the tenth time this year so far.
Amid those developments, Trump fires his national security advisor John Bolton.
Today, we go in-depth into what all this means for the stalled denuclearization talks between Pyeongyang and Washington.
For that, Dr. Go Myong-hyun , a research fellow from the Asan Institute for Policy Studies joins me in the studio today.
U.S. President Donald Trump has fired his national security advisor John Bolton. Bolton's departure comes after a year and a half on the post. Trump said that he had disagreed "strongly” with many of Bolton’s suggestions. What did you make of the announcement?
Bolton has long been known as a hardline conservative -- and firing him, means removing one of the most hawkish voices of the Trump administration. Can we expect significant changes in Washington's foreign policy stances with his departure? How will Bolton's departure influence (for better or worse) the North Korea-U.S. stalled denuclearization talks?
It's expected that a new advisor will be tapped next week. Who is being considered -- and what would that mean for Washington's North Korea policy?
Prior to the abrupt announcement of Bolton's departure, North Korea's vice foreign minister Choe Son-hui expressed willingness for talks at the time and place to be agreed in late September.
Trump quickly responded saying he'll see what happens, but that "meetings is a good thing." Now that's a change in the mood that we've seen in recent months. Why the sudden change in course?
- Political situation?
- How do you see the timing?
But just hours after suggesting talks, North Korea goes ahead and pushes the button again, launching more projectiles on Tuesday.
The regime said that it tested a "super-large" multiple rocket launcher, but stopped short of declaring the test as a success.
What do you make of this launch?
Now U.S. President Trump doesn't seem to be too bothered by the short-range projectile launches, but given that it comes right after it expressed its willingness to talk, how do you see Pyeongyang's intentions?
But it's without a doubt there's fresh hope for dialogue. It comes some three months after Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump met at the DMZ and decided that working level talks would be held within two to three weeks back then. Now interest seems to be on when and where or on what occasion that round of talks could take place. What are your bets?
North Korea has called on the U.S. to bring a "new calculation method" to the table, or else dealings between the two "may come to an end." What do you think it's referring to? And how likely is the U.S. going to accept that?
That's all the time we have for, thank you for your insights.