DPRK seen "cautious" in announcing stance over upcoming summits -Seoul

Monday, 2018-03-12 10:31:07
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Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman for the Ministry of Unification of RoK (Photo:Xinhua)
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Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s silence on its upcoming summits with the United States and the Republic of Korea (RoK) is likely due to caution over organising its stance regarding the meetings, RoK’s Ministry of Unification said on March 12.

"We have not seen nor received an official response from the DPRK regime regarding the DPRK-US summit," said Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman for the ministry, in a regular press conference.

"I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organise their stance."

Signs of a thaw on the Korean Peninsula emerged earlier this year since working-level talks between the two Koreas were held at the truce village of Panmunjom and the DPRK participated in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

In addition, the two Koreas agreed to hold the third inter-Korean summit in late April. Trump agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un by the end of May. A location has not been decided for the DPRK-US summit while Kim Jong Un and Moon will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom straddling the border between the two Koreas.

US President Donald Trump on March 9 said that the deal with the DPRK is "very much in the making" and will be good for the world.

Trump's remarks came one day after the White House confirmed that he agreed to meet Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the DPRK, in a couple of months, signaling a big step toward resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Reuters, Xinhua
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