12.04.2021

DPRK is still ready for negotiations with the United States

Despite Trump’s decision to cancel the meeting with Kim Jong-un, North Korea is open for negotiations “at any time and in any format.” North Korea is still ready for negotiations with the United States, despite the fact that Donald Trump previously canceled the meeting with the North Korean leader. Kim Jong-un As North Korean First Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Ge Gwan said on Friday May 25, the DPRK authorities are open to solving problems.

According to Kim Ge Gwan, the North Korean government considers the decision to cancel the summit “extremely unfortunate.” “We are once again notifying the United States of its readiness to solve problems at any time and in any format,” Reuters quoted the deputy minister as saying.

The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un was scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, but the American president canceled the summit on May 24, indicating that with his latest statements, the DPRK has demonstrated “open hostility.” Meanwhile, after some time, Donald Trump said that he still does not exclude the possibility of meeting with Kim Jong-un, including, as planned, on June 12.

Germany and China favor preservation of nuclear deal with Iran

Angela Merkel, during a two-day visit to Beijing, discusses with the leadership of China issues of improving the working conditions of German firms in the PRC, maintaining a nuclear deal with Iran, the DPRK nuclear program, as well as human rights. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang advocated for free trade and international approaches to resolving crises. Germany and China are working to create a “multilateral global system,” Merkel said on Thursday, May 24, in Beijing after negotiations with Li Keqiang. Both sides also consider it necessary to maintain an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, despite the decision of US President Donald Trump to unilaterally break this agreement.

In connection with the possible disruption of the meeting of the leaders of the United States and North Korea on the Pyongyang nuclear program, Germany and China called on both sides not to refuse negotiations. Problems should be addressed through dialogue, Li Keqiang said.

Angela Merkel, in turn, spoke out in support of Chinese investment in Germany and called on the Beijing authorities to ensure that German companies in China have the same conditions as Chinese companies in Germany. The head of government of Germany also supported the conclusion of an agreement between the European Union and the PRC on the protection of investments.

Touching upon the issue of respect for human rights, Merkel noted that Berlin and Beijing have found a dialogue format that allows open discussion of complex topics. Meanwhile, the Chinese prime minister evasively answered the call of the German Chancellor to allow the departure to Germany of Liu Xia, the widow of the Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, who has been under house arrest for 8 years. After the meeting with Merkel, Li Keqiang only said that they were talking about “individual cases” and that both sides, discussing human rights issues, called “with mutual respect” the problems and “try to find an acceptable solution.”

Leaders of two Koreas agree on “regular” meetings

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in agreed to meet more often – the next negotiations will be held on June 1. In addition, the North Korean leader announced his “firm intention” to meet with Trump. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in during an unannounced two-hour meeting on Saturday, May 26, agreed on the need for “regular” meetings. They are necessary to revitalize the dialogue and exchange of wisdom, the North Korean media emphasized when reporting the meeting.

The next summit will be held on June 1. Kim Jong-un thanked his South Korean counterpart for helping organize the June 12 summit in Singapore, at which a meeting between the leaders of the DPRK and the United States is planned. Kim Jong-un expressed his “firm intention” to take part in these “historical” negotiations.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump made it clear that he did not exclude the possibility of disrupting the event, which the DPRK leadership proposed in March. However, on the night of May 26, Trump wrote on Twitter about “very productive negotiations with North Korea to return to the summit.”

On April 27, during an inter-Korean summit in the border village of Panmunjom, the leaders of the two Koreas agreed on complete nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, as well as the official end of the state of war in which both countries have been since the early 1950s.

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