UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – The DPRK has chosen the right time to declare its readiness to negotiate with South Korea, experts say.
Preparations are currently being made for the meeting on April 27 between South Korean President Mun Zhe In and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un in the demilitarized zone that separates the Korean peninsula. In addition, the leader of the DPRK in May can hold a meeting with US President Donald Trump.
“They (in the DPRK) just realized that the time has come for already diplomatic efforts, and time is quite convenient.” Last year, we held presidential elections in South Korea, now we have a new president, Mr. Moon Zhe Ying.
He has his own views on the unification of the nation, and we are now preparing for the fact that North Korea will cease its cycle of provocation so that we can establish some more constructive relations, “said Go Myung-hyun, senior researcher at the South Korean Institute of the South Korean Institute at an expert event in Moscow of the Carnegie Center.
According to him, the moment for North Korea to stop its provocations with nuclear weapons was chosen very successfully, which allowed Pyongyang to save face and try to try a different tactic. He added that the DPRK continues to use the same strategic line.
Georgy Toloraya, head of the Center for Russian Strategy in Asia at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, also believes that North Korea has chosen the right time for a statement of readiness for negotiations – the Olympics in Pyeongchang.
“North Korea is in fact now a nuclear arsenal state, and from these positions they are speaking, they chose a very good moment – during the Olympics in South Korea, at the beginning of a new presidential term (Moon Zhe Ina), they made their proposal, and it was immediately accepted, “Toloraya said.
According to him, one can expect good results from the inter-Korean summit, Seoul and Pyongyang have “not many contradictions.”
The situation on the Korean Peninsula sharply deteriorated in 2017 after a series of missile as well as nuclear tests of the DPRK. The UN Security Council imposed new, toughest sanctions against Pyongyang.