Five experts discussed the outcome of the recent inter-Korean talks, during which North Korea agreed to participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February. Canon Institute for Global Studies Research Director Kunihiko Miyake expressed caution by saying that the latest development in inter-Korean relations should be discussed separately from the nuclear issue. Director of Policy Research at the Tokyo Foundation Bonji Ohara speculated that China is also probably not very optimistic about progress on the nuclear issue. Keio University Associate Professor Atsuhito Isozaki and Sophia University Professor Kazuhiro Maejima said that Pyongyang is probably trying to drive a wedge between the United States and South Korea. University of Tokyo Professor Tadashi Kimiya conjectured that South Korea is trying to take the lead in negotiations with North Korea.