Three years ago this week, all eyes were on the Korean Peninsula as South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjeom.
But, on Tuesday - the anniversary of this historic event - the South Korean leader emphasized that it's time to resume talks with Pyeongyang.
No word from the North.
Let's talk about on Reading Between North Korean Lines with Dr. Go Myong-hyun, our senior analyst here on News In-depth.
Dr. Go, great to see you even if it's via Skype.
Marking the 3rd anniversary since his historic encounter with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, President Moon Jae-in said that he now anticipates the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue. Pyeongyang remained silent on the day of the third year anniversary of the summit and continues to remain tight-lipped. What's running through the mind of Kim Jong-un?
Speaking about the need for resumption of dialogue with North Korea, President Moon said he anticipates his summit with U.S. President Biden next month will enhance the possibility of bringing North Korea back to the dialogue table. Not only that, the South Korean government released its goal for 2021 to restore inter-Korean dialogue and facilitate Pyeongyang, Washington talks. How realistic is this in President Moon's final year in office?
It appears the Biden administration's North Korea policy review is taking slightly longer than expected. There are now speculations that team Biden will likely unveil their North Korea policy right after the Moon, Biden summit in late May. Are Presidents Moon and Biden on the same page on North Korean denuclearization?
According to various reports, there have been increased activities at North Korea-China border since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged verbal messages in March where Xi vowed to take care of all the necessities of the North Korean people.
Speculation is rising that China is gearing up to resume North Korea aid and that the two sides are moving to resume trade that was halted for a year due to Covid. Will this not further increase tensions between China and the U.S. and where will this leave South Korea?
According to Bloomberg, the U.S. will inject roughly 18 billion dollars to develop an interceptor to stop incoming nuclear missiles from North Korea or Iran. This marks the Biden administration's first major weapons procurement. What are the implications? Do you expect the North to respond in any way?
Dr. Go Myong-hyun, our senior North Korea analyst, thank you as always for your insights. We hope to see you back in the studio next week.