Tomorrow, September 19th marks exactly one year since South Korean leader Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Pyeongyang. for their third encounter since President Moon took office.
The two signed the Pyeongyang Joint Declaration in which they agreed on ways to ease inter-Korean military tensions and boost economic cooperation between the two Koreas.
On today's in-depth, we take a look back at the past one year since the Pyeongyang Declaration and the future of the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
For that Dr. Go Myong-hyun, of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies joins me in the studio.
1. One year ago, President Moon delivered a speech to the people of North Korea, and visited Mt. Baekdu along with Kim Jong-un. Those events were historic and unprecedented to say the least but a year later today, things haven't changed dramatically. How do you assess the past one year since the Pyeongyang summit?
2. The Pyeongyang Declaration included ways to boost inter-Korean economic cooperation but we're not hearing much progress there either. Constructing railways and roads to connect the two Koreas were one of the two leaders' ambitious plans but that too, have been stalled since officials held a groundbreaking ceremony last December. How do you evaluate the progress on economic cooperation so far?
3. The September 19 inter-Korean military agreement, many believe, has contributed greatly to easing military tensions on the Peninsula. Your take?
4. The Pyeongyang Declaration hit a major snag when the North Korea-U.S. summit collapsed in Hanoi early this year. The North continues to slam the South Korean government while continuing with its missile launches. What are North Korea's political motives now?
5. The highly-anticipated Pyeongyang-Washington working-level talks are yet to happen and much attention will be drawn to the Moon-Trump summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York at the end of this month. Expected outcome?
6. President Moon has called on North Korea and the international community to make efforts for complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. What kind of message do you expect from him this time at the UN General Assembly?
7. Speculations are brewing that Pyeongyang-Washington talks will take place within this year. The big remaining question is how many concessions North Korea and the U.S. are willing to make to meet halfway for denuclearization. What kind of cards do you expect the two sides to play?
8. U.S. President Trump has recently stated that now is not yet the right time to visit Pyeongyang. How do you interpret this remark?