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11.11.2018 - 18:28 [ Xinhua ]

Spotlight: China, U.S. highlight cooperation at new round of diplomatic, security dialogue

Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and also director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, co-chaired the second China-U.S. Diplomatic and Security Dialogue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe also participated in the dialogue.

07.11.2018 - 17:24 [ CNN ]

High-level US-North Korea meeting postponed without reason

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert did not offer an explanation as to why the talks would be postponed, but two diplomatic sources told CNN that the move was clearly a signal that North Korea has not been willing to cooperate with the US’s expectations up to this point.
The US has been looking for some sort of concession from Pyongyang — such as opening sites connected to its nuclear program for inspections — before going forward with a second summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim, the two sources said.

22.10.2018 - 19:27 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

[LIVE/NEWSCENTER] Two Koreas, UN Command to withdraw guard posts, firearms at JSA

▪ Seoul, Pyeongyang holding forestry talks at joint liaison office ▪ Final decision on suspension of S. Korea-U.S. air drill to be determined at joint security meeting ▪ Blue House hopeful for both next inter-Korean and Kim-Trump summits

07.10.2018 - 20:20 [ Mike Pompeo, US-Außenminister / Twitter ]

Arrived in #Seoul to brief President @moonriver365 and FM Kang on my meetings in #DPRK with Chairman Kim.

I look forward to working closely with our #ROK friends and allies to ensure progress on inter-Korean relations is in lockstep with progress on denuclearization. @StateDept

07.10.2018 - 08:48 [ Japan Today ]

Pompeo in Japan to discuss N Korea en route to Pyongyang

Pompeo met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on the eve of his fourth visit to North Korea, during which he’ll be looking to arrange a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and plot a path forward on denuclearization. Japan, notably, has been wary of Trump’s initiative, fearing it could affect its long-standing security relationship with the U.S.

05.10.2018 - 07:58 [ CBS News ]

Mike Pompeo floats prospect of officially ending Korean War ahead of Trump-Kim summit

(28.9.2018) Given the Trump administration’s goal of a complete, verifiable denuclearization of North Korea during President Trump’s first term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is eager to maintain U.S.-North Korean engagement. As he prepares for upcoming discussions with the North Koreans, he is leaving one tool conspicuously on the table: the prospect of an official declaration to end the Korean War.

05.10.2018 - 07:52 [ Daily Beast ]

Pompeo Ditches His Own Deadline for North Korea Denuclearization

He went on to explain: “I repeated it but it was a comment that had been made by the leaders who had their inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang. They talked about 2021 when they were gathered there. So I was reiterating this as a timeline that they were potentially prepared to agree to.” Pompeo is set to visit Pyongyang on Sunday for nuclear negotiations, his first trip since an earlier one was canceled by Trump over a lack of progress.

05.10.2018 - 07:47 [ Washington Post ]

South Korea reveals plan to break stalemate in U.S.-North Korea talks

South Korea is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and accept the verified closure of a key North Korean nuclear facility as a next step in the negotiations, Seoul’s top diplomat said in an interview with The Washington Post.

09.09.2018 - 12:14 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

S. Korean intelligence chief Suh Hoon to brief Japan PM on N. Korea visit

The director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Agency, Suh Hoon, is due to meet tomorrow with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo… to brief him on his recent visit to North Korea. Suh left for Tokyo this morning. It’s expected that he’ll convey Kim Jong-un’s reported willingness to denuclearize and ask for Japan’s support in reviving talks between Pyongyang and Washington to that end.

12.08.2018 - 17:58 [ Yonhap ]

Moon-Kim summit logistics likely to be decided on at high-level talks Monday

The logistical details of the third inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are likely to be determined during a high-level official meeting on Monday, the presidential spokesman said.

„We expect the date, venue and size of the South Korean delegation to be agreed on during the high-level talks tomorrow in light of the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration,“ Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Sunday in a press briefing.

11.08.2018 - 14:30 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Delegates confirmed for Monday’s high-level inter-Korean talks

The other South Korean delegates are from the Presidential Office of Cheong Wa Dae and the Prime Minister’s Office. Pyongyang is sending a five-member delegation, led by the head of the regime’s reunification committee, Ri Son-gwon. Also included are senior North Korean officials in charge of environment, railways and economic cooperation. The two Koreas are holding the high-level talks to plan the next and third inter-Korean summit of the year.

11.08.2018 - 14:23 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

N. Korea calls for high-level meeting with S. Korea amid stalled negotiations with U.S.

Staying with Monday’s high level talks.
Some speculate the third round of inter-Korean summit cold take place much earlier than intially agreed upon, judging by the timing of North Korea’s request to hold the meeting between high ranking officials.
For details let’s turn to our Oh Jung-hee.

11.08.2018 - 08:55 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Syria’s Kurds cautiously progress in talks with Damascus

(6.8.2018) The Kurdish delegation, however, did not offer much information, simply saying that committees will be set up to prepare for a transition to the phase of negotiations.

This Kurdish-regime dialogue, which was held July 26-27, offered optimism that war may not be the only option, yet there are many obstacles left to overcome. For one thing, the 50,000-strong SDF and the proposed model of democratic autonomy, with its abundant local institutions, are not easy for a centralized system like Damascus to accept.

06.08.2018 - 21:16 [ Präsident der Islamischen Republik Iran ]

President in a live televised interview:

Claim of willingness for talks not enough; honesty the key/Talks concurrent with sanctions meaningless/Sanctions targeting Iranian children, people/If US administration ready, we’re ready to negotiate to receive their debts to Iranians since 1953

01.08.2018 - 05:33 [ newindianexpress.com ]

Trump has a ‚feeling‘ that Iran may speak with US pretty soon

AMPA: US President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that talks with arch foe Iran were imminent, despite silence from the Islamic republic’s leaders to his offer for a meeting.

„I have a feeling they’ll be talking to us pretty soon,“ Trump told a rally in Tampa, Florida, before adding: „and maybe not, and that’s ok too.“

31.07.2018 - 16:01 [ CNN ]

Trump says he’d meet with Iran without preconditions ‚whenever they want‘

„I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet,“ Trump said during a joint news conference at the White House alongside Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. „I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet. I’m ready to meet whenever they want to.“
„No preconditions,“ he added. „They want to meet, I’ll meet, whenever they want.“

28.07.2018 - 16:43 [ Tehran Times ]

How to avoid U.S.-Iran conflict – and perhaps save the nuclear deal

One possibility is direct negotiations between Washington and Tehran. Trump has indicated he believes his hard line will prompt Iran to seek a “bigger deal” with Washington, telling a press briefing at this month’s NATO summit that Tehran “at some point will call me and ask for a deal, and we’ll make a deal.“ However, Trump needs to understand that his current strategy forecloses opportunities for diplomatic compromise because, as Rouhani’s “mother of all wars” statement shows, Iran’s leaders are unlikely to accept the humiliation – and the blow to national pride – of a complete surrender to Trump’s threats and pressure.

Another option is that the JCPOA continues without the United States.

25.07.2018 - 14:42 [ Korea Times ]

Trump pleased as North Korea seen dismantling launch site parts

“We’re all pursuing the denuclearization of North Korea and a new future of prosperity, security and peace on the Korean Peninsula and all of Asia,“ Trump told a VFW convention in Kansas City, Missouri. “New images just today show that North Korea has begun the process of dismantling a key missile site and we appreciate that. We had a fantastic meeting with Chairman Kim, and it seems to be going very well.“

15.07.2018 - 09:59 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

U.S. preparing for next round of denuclearization talks with North Korea: Seoul envoy

After meeting U.S. officials in Washington this week, Lee Do-hoon, Seoul’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs,… told reporters that another round of talks with North Korea will take place soon. The U.S. has formed a negotiating team led by the State Department,… and is coordinating its stance on denuclearization and other important issues concerning the North.

08.07.2018 - 16:56 [ Uriminzokkiri.com ]

FM Spokesman on DPRK-U.S. High-level Talks

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.

05.07.2018 - 19:46 [ Times of Israel ]

PM derides Europe for holding Iran nuke talks after alleged Paris attack plot

In mocking speech at US Embassy party, Netanyahu urges Europeans to ’stop appeasing‘ Tehran as foiled plan to bomb opposition rally casts shadow over Vienna talks by Rouhani, Zarif

20.05.2018 - 10:24 [ Haaretz ]

Russia, Europe and China Reportedly Discussing New Iran Nuclear Deal

The officials will meet in Vienna in the coming week under the leadership of senior European Union diplomat Helga Schmid to discuss next steps after the May 8 decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out of a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper said, citing senior EU sources.

08.05.2018 - 12:07 [ Global Times (China) ]

US, North Korea should create friendly backdrop for summit

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.

08.05.2018 - 12:03 [ CNN ]

US and China will go for Round 2 of trade talks next week

The United States and China will hold a new round of trade talks after no breakthroughs emerged from their first meeting.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, Liu He, will visit Washington next week to continue discussions with President Donald Trump’s economic team, the White House said Monday.

05.05.2018 - 07:44 [ Korea Times ]

US, China in talks over THAAD withdrawal

„Withdrawing the THAAD system from South Korea is part of a peace roadmap being discussed between Washington and Beijing after denuclearizing North Korea,“ a source told The Korea Times. „Washington knows well that it is impossible to seek deals with the North without cooperation from China. And China wants the U.S. to get rid of the THAAD system from South Korea.“

18.04.2018 - 08:07 [ Japan Today ]

Trump, Abe discuss N Korea, trade issues

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States is engaged in direct talks at „extremely high levels“ with North Korea to try to set up a summit between him and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Trump made the comment as he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened two days of talks at the president’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, meetings that are to include a round of golf.

07.04.2018 - 19:13 [ CNN ]

Secret, direct talks underway between US and North Korea

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo and a team at the CIA have been working through intelligence back-channels to make preparations for the summit, the officials said. American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks.