Joining us in the studio is Dr. Go Myong-hyun from the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Thank you for making the time to come in today.
Thanks for having me.
1 - The ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting has kicked off, and on the weekend the ASEAN Regional Forum will open, where we know the top diplomats of South Korea, North Korea, the U.S. and China are all going to be there. There is a lot of anticipation about various meetings that could happen. What are your hopes for the meeting?
1a - Do you think there will be progress on talks towards ending the armistice?
2 - The U.S. top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is perhaps in an awkward position. South Korea, North Korea, and China are all pushing for a declaration to end the war. But the U.S. priority is denuclearization. Do you think there will be progress on narrowing the gap between these two sides?
3 - Today, talks between military officials from South and North Korea took place. What's interesting is that North Korea were the one's who invited the South this time. Why do you think they initiated it?
3a - Do you think the issue of ending the Korean War armistice will be discussed at this meeting?
4 - There is talk that the two Korea's will perhaps discuss disarming the Joint Security Area and the along the border as well. Would these measure be realistic?
5 - What about excavating remains of soldiers killed in the Korean War, along the DMZ?
6 - What other military issues are there between the two Korea's that might not be resolved today?
7 - It's been revealed that senior Chiense official, Yang Jiechi, secretly visited South Korea earlier this month. He met with Seoul's national security advisor, Chung Eui-yong, but details have not been given. It's thought that they discussed the possibility of declaring the end of the Korea War and how China would get involved. What do you make of this development?
8 - There are also reports that 5 planes took off from Pyongyang and flew to Vladivostok on Monday. They were three passenger planes and two cargo planes. Normally there are only 2 flights a week on that flight path, but suddenly all these flights. What do you think it could be?
Thank you for your time.