SEOUL, North Korea experts in Seoul said Thursday that the meeting between South Korea's presidential envoy and the North's leader Kim Jong-un may serve as a positive factor in narrowing the differences between Pyongyang and Washington over denuclearization and a peace regime.
They share the view that there has been some progress, though Kim didn't mention specific measures toward denuclearization.
"The most meaningful thing is that Kim revealed a denuclearization schedule by saying it can be completed during the term of President Trump," Koh Yu-hwan, a professor of Dongguk University, said.
"North Korea also needs a cause to persuade its domestic people to denuclearize. In other words, the North may not move any step forward without a cause like a declaration of an end of the war. It seems that the North wants the South Korean government well aware of its intentions to persuade the U.S. in order to advance the overall process," Koh said.
According to presidential envoy Chung Eui-yong, Kim said he wants to complete his country's denuclearization before Trump's first term ends in January 2021 to improve the relationship with the U.S.
Source: Yonhap News Agency