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Delayed North Korea-U.S. working level talks Updated: 2019-07-23 16:30:27 KST


When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump met at the DMZ on June 30th, hopes were high that the working-level talks between the two sides would restart in the next few weeks.
However, three weeks have passed and still no news on when we would be seeing the next North Korea-U.S. working-level talks take place.
Meanwhile, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton began his two-day trip to South Korea on Tuesday, during which he will focus on discussing a range of issues, including North Korea.
For more on when the North Korea-U.S. working level talks would take place, Dr. Go Myong-hyun , Research Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies joins me in the studio.
It's great to see you.

Hello.

1- In regards to the North Korea-U.S. working level talks, President Trump had said that the U.S. had been contacting the North recently and that the negotiations will start once the North is ready.
So then, why the delay in talks?
Is North Korea just not ready for them yet?

2- North Korea meanwhile has been actively criticizing the joint South Korea-U.S. command post exercise or CPX which will take place this fall saying that such drill is "a breach of the commitment" made by Trump in his meetings with Kim Jong-un, including the June 12th Singapore summit last year.
What can we make of North Korea's current stance?

3- So in order to get the working-level talks going between North Korea and the U.S., what kind of adjustments should be made in regards to the joint ROK-U.S. drills?

4- Then if the talks don't take place this week, we know that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho are going to attend the foreign ministers' meeting at the ASEAN Regional Forum on August 2nd in Bangkok so could we expect some kind of high-level talks to take there between the two sides?
And if such a meeting takes place, would that meeting be considered a start to the nuclear talks again?

5- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meanwhile inspected a newly built submarine as reported by the KCNA on Tuesday. potentially signaling that the North is continuing to develop a submarine from which a ballistic missile could be launched.
What can we make of this?

6- Earlier today, new reports were coming out on how South Korean jets fired warning shots after a Russian military plane violated South Korea's airspace, which is the first such incident between the countries.
And we also heard China's foreign ministry saying all countries have freedom of movement in South Korea's air space identification zone.
Although everything in regards to this is still be looked into, what can we make of this incident?

7- U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton began his two-day trip to South Korea today, during which he's expected to meet with his South Korean counterparts to discuss various issues.
What could be Bolton's biggest purpose of the trip to Seoul?

8- So amid worsening Seoul-Tokyo relations following Japan's export restrictions on South Korea eyes have been on the fate of the military intelligence sharing agreement also known as GSOMIA.
Do you think Bolton could step up to play the mediator role in order to make sure that this deal doesn't get revoked?

9- Then how important is GSOMIA for South Korea when it comes to our national security?

Thank you for your insight today.

My pleasure.
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