According to a South Korean government official, Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, is going to be meeting with high-ranking South Korean officials in Pyongyang today. This is the first time that Kim Jong Un has had a face to face meeting with officials from South Korea since he stepped into power seven years ago. It is said that Kim Jong Un will be meeting with the country’s spy chief, Suh Hoon and Chung Eui-young, South Korea’s National Security Chief.
This will be the first time that South Korean officials will be heading to Pyongyang, which is the capital and largest city in North Korea. The trip is said to be an attempt for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to figure out a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s recent testing of weapons. Although there has been a lot of tension in the past few months between the United States and North Korea, which raised tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the tension between North Korea and South Korea thawed a bit thanks to the recent winter Olympics.
Abandon Nuclear Weapon Program
The President of the United States, Donald Trump has also said he would be willing to meet with leaders from North Korea, but he has said that they must accept the fact that they have to abandon their nuclear weapon program. Over the weekend when giving a speech at the Gridiron Club President Trump talked about the North Korea nuclear problem “They called up a couple of days ago and said, ‘We would like to talk, and I said, ‘So would we, but you have to de-nuke. You have to de-nuke.’ So let’s see what happens. Let’s see what happens.”
Kim Jong Un, who has been very hesitant to meet foreigners since taking over as leader of South Korea, does not seem open to meeting with anyone from the United States, nor ending its nuclear program. In fact, in just a few weeks both the United States as well as South Korea are set to hold military drills, which South Korea said they view as being hostile.
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.