Executive Intelligence Review


Seoul Foreign Minister Confirms, Kim Jong-un Committed to Denuclearization

March 19, 2018 (EIRNS)—South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told CBS News’ ”Face the Nation” that Seoul has asked the North “to indicate in clear terms the commitment to denuclearization” and she confirms Kim Jong-un has “conveyed that commitment.” She said that “he’s given his word” and it’s “the first time that the words came directly” from the North’s leader.

As reported by Britain’s Guardian, Pyongyang’s deputy director for North American affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Choe Kang-il arrived in Finland from Sweden to meet retired U.S. diplomat Kathleen Stephens, according to media reports. Choe and Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho had been in Sweden for three days of talks with officials in Stockholm.

Meanwhile Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has requested assistance from South Korea to arrange a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, according to a statement from the Seoul Presidency, reported Seoul daily Dong-A Ilbo today. While Japan had not ruled out the possibility of holding the high-level meeting to discuss bilateral issues, Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement calling on Tokyo to revise its policy on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.