All national dailies in their Tuesday evening editions reported on the bilateral talks held between President Trump and South Korean President Moon on Monday in New York, during which the two leaders reportedly agreed on the need for cooperation in achieving the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining vigorous enforcement of sanctions on North Korea. The papers wrote that President Trump reportedly told President Moon at the outset of the meeting that he is planning to hold a second summit with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un “in the not too distant future.” Mainichi and Nikkei quoted Secretary of State Pompeo as telling reporters on Monday that he expects to travel to Pyongyang probably before the end of the year to make final preparations for the second meeting between the two leaders. Asahi also quoted the Secretary as saying that the United States expects the complete and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea and that the economic sanctions that have been put in place by the UN Security Council will remain in place until the denuclearization is achieved.
Asahi wrote that the ROK leader may have sounded out President Trump on the idea of issuing a declaration of the end of the Korean War at a trilateral summit with the United States and the DPRK or a four-way summit with China when Chairman Kim visits Seoul later this year. However, Yomiuri speculated that preparations for the second U.S.-DPRK summit may run into difficulties because Washington has been urging Pyongyang to put forward specific denuclearization steps before seeking a declaration of the end of the Korean War.
Yomiuri quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga as commenting at a press briefing on Tuesday on President Trump’s indication of a second summit with Chairman Kim by saying that it is important that the agreements reached between the U.S. and DPRK leaders, including North Korea’s commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, are implemented fully and swiftly. Foreign Minister Kono was quoted as saying that he hopes that the denuclearization process will move forward and the UNSC resolutions will be thoroughly implemented if a second summit is held between the United States and the DPRK.
In a related development, this morning’s Yomiuri wrote from New York that Panmunjom and Seoul are under consideration as possible sites for the second U.S.-DPRK summit and that such third countries as Switzerland, Sweden, and Mongolia may also be considered.