North Korea is optimistic with Trump-Kim's surprise meeting as an opportunity to boost nuclear talks

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the president of the United States Donald Trump They agreed at their meeting on Sunday to boost dialogue to make a new breakthrough in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, state media in North Korea said on Monday.

Trump became the first US president to sit in North Korea on Sunday when he met Kim in the Demilitarization Zone (ZDM) between the two Koreas and agreed to resume nuclear talks.

The main leaders of the two countries agreed to maintain close contact in the future, as well, and to resume and promote productive dialogues to make a new advance in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and in bilateral relations, the KCNA news agency said. .

The meeting, initiated by a tweet by Trump that Kim said took him by surprise, showed the relationship between the two, but analysts said they were no closer to narrowing the gap between their positions as they pulled away from their summit in February. in Vietnam.

Secretary of State of the United States of America Mike Pompeo He told reporters shortly before leaving that a new round of talks could happen sometime in July and that Northern negotiators would be diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In a photo published by KCNA on Monday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Pompeo were shown sitting next to Kim and Trump, respectively, in the building where the two leaders had their personal conversations. .

KCNA said that during the conversation between Trump and Kim, the two leaders explained problems to alleviate tensions in the Korean peninsula, issues of mutual interest and interest that become an obstacle to solving those problems, and expressed their total understanding and sympathy .

Kim said it was the good personal relationship he had with Trump that made such a dramatic meeting possible with just one day's notice and that the relationship with Trump would continue to produce good results, according to the KCNA.

The bold and courageous decision of the two leaders that led to the historic meeting created an unprecedented confidence between the two countries that had become embroiled in deep-seated animosity, KCNA said.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, welcomed the meeting between Trump and Kim and fully supports the continued efforts of the parties to establish new relations towards sustainable peace, security and complete and verifiable denuclearization of the peninsula. Korea, said the UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric. declaration.

China also welcomed the meeting, and a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs described it as constructive and achieving positive results.

But the problems could be coming.

The fact that the nuclear talks have been started is very encouraging, but that does not mean that the two sides have already adjusted their positions and set the conditions for a successful negotiation at work level, said Kim Hyun-wook, a professor. in the national diplomatic academy of Korea.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, dismissed a report on Monday that Washington is trying to soften its approach, making an idea to accept a nuclear freeze, rather than a complete dismantling, and giving a tacit acknowledgment that Korea's North is a nuclear state.

I read this NYT story with curiosity, Bolton said in a tweet. Neither the staff [of the National Security Council] nor I have discussed or heard of any desire to settle for a nuclear freeze by NK. This was a reprehensible attempt on the part of someone to box in the president. There should be consequences.