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One month since MOON-KIM-TRUMP DMZ meeting. Where do we stand? Updated: 2019-07-31 17:04:42 KST

It has been one month since the historic encounter among the leaders of the two Koreas and the U.S.
Following the monumental Kim-Trump handshake at the DMZ, President Trump hinted that Pyeongyang-Washington nuclear talks would resume on a working-level within a few weeks but so far, there's no clear sign of an official diaologue.
Instead North Korea is upping military tensions in the region, putting its focus back on missile launches.
Today we go in-depth on where we stand on the path towards denuclearization, one month after the DMZ meeting.
For that Dr. Go Myong-hyun, Research Fellow at Asan Institute for Policy Studies joins me in the studio.


1. Today's missile launch comes in less than a week since North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles. How do you see this? What is North Korea's motive behind recent provocations?

2. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed that the two missiles fired this morning were short-range ballistic missiles which flew some 250 kilometers, reaching an altitude of around 30 kilometers. Why is North Korea sticking to short-range ballistic missiles as of recent?

3. Does today's missile launch violate the September 19 inter-Korean military agreement? South Korea's unification minister said there is room for interpretation, saying the launch does not violate the agreement. Your take?

4. U.S. President Trump has downplayed last week's missile launch saying they were 'very standard' but many in the U.S. are voicing concerns. How could the ongoing provocations affect planned working-level talks between North Korea and the U.S.?

5. According to a foreign media report, U.S. and North Korean officials met last week at the DMZ where North Korean officials showed willingness to resume working-level nuclear talks very soon. When do you expect the talks to happen?

6. The U.S. has sanctioned a North Korean man based in Vietnam for violating UN Security Council resolutions to support the North's missile program. This is seen by many as a warning against the North. How big is this sanction?

7. Do you expect further actions from the U.S. following today's missile launches?

8. The ASEAN Regional Forum kicks off on Friday in Bangkok. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prior to his departure has said he hopes working-level talks would resume between Pyeongyang and Washington. U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will accompany him. Does this show Washington's will to hold talks with North Korean officials?

9. It's not yet known who will represent North Korea at the ASEAN Regional Forum. Your guess?

10. Seoul's foreign ministry has confirmed that the foreign ministers of Seoul, Washington and Tokyo will sit down for talks during the ARF. Do you expect some meaningful progress in resolving Seoul-Tokyo tensions?

11. Further provocations by North Korea expected?
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