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Updated: 2020-07-06 06:02:12 KST
We begin a discussion on an issue making headlines. After weeks of verbal and military aggression towards South Korea, North Korea has shown more restaint.
However, it remains skeptical holding a third summit with the U.S.
South Korea is now pushing for a resumption of U.S.-North Korea talks but will it be enough to break the more than year-long impasse.
To discuss this we have joining us Ramon Pacheco Pardo. Reader of International Relations at Kings College London and Korea Chair of the Freedom University in Berlin. We also connect with Joseph Bosco former China country director in the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and contributor to the Hill.
Seoul is pushing for the resumption of U.S.-North Korea talks. but U.S. Special Represenative Stephen Biegun said this week that he believes another summit is unlikely before the election, citing COVID-19 as the reason.
How high is the North Korea issue on America's priority list right now and is could this proposed summit happen within that timeframe?
2. The regime's foreign minister Choe Son-hui has scoffed at the idea of a third U.S.-N. Korea summit. Do you think the South can convince the U.S. and North Korea to get on board? Reading between the lines, is North Korea actually angling for a summit?
While Biegun suggested a pre-election summit may be unlikely, he added there's still time to make "substantial progress."
What would you count as substantial progress, and how should Seoul coordinate talks between them?
In the meantime, North Korea claims it has had no coronavirus cases but the ruling party's politburo has had serious discussions over it, and its newspaper Rodong Simun said there should be "maximum " obedience over the virus. How serious do you think the situation is there and how much impact is it having on the economy?
How do you think the economic impact of COVID-19 will affect the North's actions and policies towards the U.S. and South Korea? (To D.r Bosco U.S. and China?
North Korea has been seeking stronger ties with China in recent weeks. How do you see this playing out over the next weeks and months?
We have to wrap up the discussion here but that was Ramon Pacheco Pardo. Reader of International Relations at Kings College London Joseph Bosco former China country director in the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense. Thank you both of you for joining us.