US, China back Koreas discussing end to Korean War

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South Korea's presidential Blue House and North Korea's State Affairs Commission tested the hotline for four minutes before South Korea's Moon Jae-in and North Korea's Kim Jong Un talk ahead of next week's summit, the office said.

Moon on Thursday said that North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula and has not attached conditions, such as the withdrawal of US troops from the South.

Lee is also likely to meet Susan Thornton, acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

"Typical Trump", said Christopher R. Hill, who led the USA delegation in the six-party talks with North Korea during the Bush administration.

US President Donald Trump, who is expected to hold his own much-anticipated summit with Kim later, previously offered his "blessing" for the two Koreas to discuss a treaty.

So far, North Korean state media has made no mention of the topic, and public statements by Kim have been vague.

One week remains before the summit between the two Korean heads of state: You see a lot of headlines about the summit, but its exact outcomes are hard to predict. Kim isn't particularly hopeful; the North Korea she remembers penalized journalists for writing negatively about politically significant flowers.

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The official was briefing reporters on the ministry's position related to what would be the third inter-Korean summit.

"It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearization on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il Sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong Il", Kim said in Beijing on March 27, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

Kim will become the first DPRK leader to step onto the South Korean territory since the Korean War ended with no signing of peace treaty.

The US and China on Friday backed the two Koreas discussing a peace deal that could officially end the Korean War during an inter-Korean summit next week, giving a boost to efforts to build a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. The South Koreans are "already creating the agenda and the crescendo of victory".

A war with North Korea would also severely damage global trade between some of the world's largest economies - China, Japan, South Korea - which would directly hit businesses and spike consumer prices throughout the U.S. Japan's Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the U.S. supports more than 850,000 U.S.jobs, and South Korea's FDI in the U.S. supports nearly 52,000 American jobs.

Trump, who wants Kim's regime to get rid of its nuclear weapons, hailed the news in a tweet. Kim may have said everything Pompeo and Trump wanted to hear, but how much of it was honest?

"They may want to signal their security confidence in the face of what they perceive to be a belligerent US", and that they are comfortable with that in the long run, Bisley said.

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