The special envoy has been working since January on the make-up of a committee to thrash out a new constitution and which would have 150 members: 50 proposed by the Syrian regime, 50 by the opposition and 50 by the UN, to include representatives of civil society and technical experts.
I think that an increasing number of participants in the settlement process serves this well. In essence, it was initially a proposal by the French president to join efforts of the Small Group and Astana process. That was actively supported by the Turkish president who initiated today’s meeting. I think it has served well,” Putin said.
Asked about chances for a second summit of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey on Syria, Putin answered that the sides “has not negotiated this yet, but everything is possible.”
During the summit, the participants will address the Syrian conflict in all its aspects, focusing on the situation on the ground, the Idlib agreement, and the political process, and to harmonize joint efforts to find a lasting solution to the conflict.
The Moon-Trump summit will be held later in the day, four days after Moon returned from a three-day trip to Pyongyang for his third bilateral summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
South Korean officials announced on Thursday that a deal has been reached to hold a summit in Pyongyang from September 18-20. The summit is to focus on “practical measures” which could be taken for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
While many had been curious if Pyongyang and Washington will meet this week,… no official announcement has been made by either side. But Pompeo will be meeting with South Korea’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha Saturday morning. An interesting thing to note, is that all key players surrounding the geopolitical situation on the Korean Peninsula, namely the two Koreas, the U.S. and China, will all gather in just a moment, as Singapore hosts a gala dinner for the participants of this year’s forum. That’s all from me for now Daniel.
The Times is reporting that the German Chancellor Ms Merkel is frustrated the talks are not leading to a breakthrough, and is taking matters into her own hands.
She is said to have suggested they use the summit scheduled in Austria for the PM to hold direct talks to avert a no-deal Brexit.
Chairman Kim Jong Un expressed his expectation and conviction that good personal relations forged with President Trump and his sentiments of good faith built towards the latter at the Singapore summit and talks would be further consolidated through the process of future dialogues such as high-level talks this time.
But, the U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit meeting and talks.
The U.S. side never mentioned the issue of establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula which is essential for defusing tension and preventing a war. It took the position that it would even backtrack on the issue it had agreed on to end the status of war under certain conditions and excuses.
The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, yesterday threatened to pull out of an emergency European migration summit called to help save Angela Merkel’s government, and had to be won round in phone calls with the embattled German chancellor.
Let’s hope Kim Jong-un doesn’t go nuts on his plane home and pull out of the communique he just signed with Donald Trump in Singapore.
(28.5.2018) The invitation to Mr. Rouhani at a crucial time after the U.S. withdrew from the nuclear deal signed in 2015 between Iran, the European Union and the P5+1 group (five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany), of which China is a member.
The exercise will follow the 18th SCO Summit, scheduled for June 9 and 10 in Qingdao, Shandong province.
The government said in a statement that the two sides reviewed the follow-up action on the understandings reached at the Wuhan Informal Summit and discussed the agenda for bilateral engagement in the coming months, including the preparations for the forthcoming Modi-Xi meeting at the SCO Summit in Qingdao on June 9-10, 2018.
Noting with high appreciation that the situation in the Korean peninsula and the region has entered a phase of stability thanks to the DPRK, which has taken practical steps while successfully steering the relations between the north and the south of Korea and between the DPRK and the U.S., Lavrov said that Russia fully supports the DPRK’s determination and stand on the DPRK-U.S. summit high on the agenda and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and wishes for good successes.
Kim Jong Un said that the DPRK’s will for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula still remains unchanged and consistent and fixed and he hoped that the DPRK-U.S. relations and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be solved on a stage-by-stage basis by finding a solution to meet the interests of each other through a new method in a new era and under a new situation and the solution of the issues will progress through effective and constructive dialogue and negotiation.
President Moon Jae-in has given his word that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is still committed the „complete denuclearization“ of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Our chief Blue House correspondent Moon Connyoung has more from the South Korean leader’s press conference broadcast live earlier this Sunday morning. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is determined to meet U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Sources say reservations at the Shangri-La Hotel over the summit period are not being taken… and security sweeps are ongoing. If the summit happens, President Trump is expected to stay at the hotel. Singapore’s ban on government officials and police taking vacation on or around June 12th remains in place as well.
The statement by Seoul’s presidential office came hours after Trump welcomed North Korea’s conciliatory response to his Thursday letter withdrawing from the summit.
South Korea was caught off guard by Trump’s abrupt cancellation of the summit citing hostility in recent North Korean comments.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s cancellation of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatens further strain on U.S.-China ties amid a trade dispute that had been intertwined with Beijing’s pressure on isolated Pyongyang.
Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo twice to Pyongyang in the ensuing weeks to talk directly with Kim, and at no point, the State Department says, did he come away thinking Kim was not serious about the meeting. On the other hand, State says it sought for weeks to arrange a lower level meeting of diplomats from both countries to finalize the agenda—a request the U.S. says the North Koreans never responded to.
Launch of my Disarmament Agenda today:
Dear Mr. Chairman:
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to visit Moscow, where he will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss North Korea and other matters.
“I would like to confirm cooperation in resolving the North Korea issue,“ Abe told journalists Monday ahead of the meeting. Top foreign affairs and defense officials from both countries will also meet over the coming week.
The two leaders talked from 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. and agreed to work together closely on the historic meeting, Cheong Wa Dae said. Moon is scheduled to hold talks with the U.S. chief executive on Tuesday in Washington.
He is set to head for Washington late Monday and return home early Thursday.
Japan will dispatch a senior diplomat to Singapore to collect information when the United States and North Korea hold a historic summit next month, Japanese government sources said Saturday.
Pyongyang has offered to halt nuclear tests and taken steps to assuage tensions in inter-Korean ties. Washington also took a step forward by agreeing to the Trump-Kim meeting. Given the huge divide and mistrust between the US and North Korea, a summit is needed to break the deadlock.
As the US takes the strategic upper hand, naturally North Korea has worries. Washington needs to be more proactive if the two sides want to build trust. The US and North Korea, bracing for the summit, must go forward. Otherwise there will be more political risks for Washington.
North Korea, U.S. still working out details for their scheduled summit ▪ High-ranking North Korean official may have been in contact with officials in China: Sources ▪ Issues over forming joint Korea teams in the upcoming Asian Games ▪ Rival parties to meet in attempt to reach last-minute deal to normalize parliament
Police on Tuesday demonstrated patrol operations at Tokyo’s Haneda airport as they tightened security the day before Japan, China and South Korea hold a trilateral summit in the capital.
The three countries face the common threat of U.S. tariffs on products from washing machines and solar panels to aluminum and steel.
Chung Eui-yong, chief of the presidential National Security Office, made the remarks upon arriving at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, after his visit to Washington to meet his U.S. counterpart, John Bolton.
„We had in-depth discussions on ways to make the summit between the U.S. and North Korea successful,“ Chung said. „To that end, the South Korean and U.S. presidents are planning to have close consultations in Washington in mid-May.“
No areas will be off limits in talks next week when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Japan, but North Korea is not going to be a focus, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday.
China and Japan, Asia’s two largest economies, have been trying to reset ties after years of increasingly bitter disputes over a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea and the legacy of Japan’s invasion of China before and during World War Two.
A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Col. Patrick Ryder, said he had no information about troop options being prepared for the president.
For Mr. Trump, withdrawing troops would have multiple benefits, said Victor D. Cha, a Korea scholar at Georgetown University who was for a time under consideration to be ambassador to Seoul. It would appeal to his political base, save the United States money and give him a valuable chit in his negotiation with Mr. Kim.
President Moon Jae-in’s top security adviser is visiting Washington to discuss matters related to the upcoming summit between the US and North Korea, Cheong Wa Dae confirmed Friday.
Chung Eui-yong, chief of the presidential National Security Office, traveled to Washington on Thursday at the request of the White House National Security Council, according to an official at the presidential office.
Rep. Mark Meadows suggested that the president doesn’t want a withdrawal to get in the way of ongoing discussions with North Korea and China.
Bolton isn’t just uninterested in selling a denuclearization deal to the public, he’s working actively to undermine it.
The gathering on May 9 will bring together the South’s President Moon Jae-in, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in the neighbors‘ first such meeting for more than two years.
Also spoke to Prime Minister Abe of Japan to inform him of the ongoing negotiations.
The war began in 1950 and most fighting came to an end with an armistice three years later. But peace was never officially declared and the two countries have been officially at war ever since.
At their first summit in more than a decade, the two sides announced they would seek an agreement to establish „permanent“ and „solid“ peace on the peninsula.
The measures could mark Kim’s strategic course correction after incremental global sanctions have crippled his country’s economy, eroded public support and loyalty from the elites, and fueled diplomatic friction with China, its key economic patron.
The announcement came ahead of Kim’s summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27 and United States President Donald Trump in May or early June.
(29.3.2018) Pyongyang has discussed the possibility of a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Thursday.
The news follows reports last week that Tokyo had expressed its interest to the North to hold talks.
Then, at the meeting Kim Jong Un made a report on the recent development of the situation on the Korean peninsula.
In his report the Supreme Leader referred to the north-south summit meeting and talks to be held at the „House of Peace“ in the south side portion of Panmunjom on April 27. He made a profound analysis and appraisal of the orientation of the development of the north-south relations at present and the prospect of the DPRK-U.S. dialogue and clarified the strategic and tactical issues to be maintained by the WPK including the future policy of international relations and the orientation corresponding to them.
Then, he pointed out in detail the recent work of the members of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK and stressed the need for them to give fuller play to their responsibility and role as the commanding members of revolution.