한국정치 노트 Notes on the Politics of Korea


문재인 대통령과 김정은 국무위원장이 북측 판문각에서 만났다. 612 싱가포르 북미회담 안건들을 놓고 두 정상이 토론한 것으로 보인다. 한편 미국 국무부는 북미회담 준비팀을 싱가포르로 파견했다고 미 백악관 대변인이 사라 허커비 샌더스가 말했다.


문재인 김정은 정상 회담이 정기적으로 이뤄지는 것은 바람직한 현상이다.


문재인 대통령은 북한 김정은 국무위원장이 '비핵화' 문제를 어떻게 해결할 것인가에 대해 조언을 한 것으로 추측된다. 두 가지가 핵심적인 내용일 것이다. 


첫번째는 미국 트럼프 행정부가 최대치로 요구하는 '북한 비핵화'에 대해 너무 완강하게 받아치지 말고, 협상지점을 찾아 보자고 문재인 대통령이 말했을 가능성이 크다. 일단 이번 기회를 놓치지 말고 적은 성과라도 확실히 남기는 방향으로 북미정상회담을 끝내자고 제안했을 것이다.


두번째는 트럼프 대통령의 외교 협상 방식이 기존 미국 대통령들과는 다르다는 것에 대해서 문재인 대통령이 김정은 국무위원장에게 말했을 것이다. 특히 트럼프도 11월 중간 선거를 앞두고 북미정상회담에서 정치적 성과를 반드시 챙기려고 하기 때문에, 이 점을 유념하면서 북한 정부가 조금더 유연하고 세련되게 트럼프 행정부와 협상해야 한다고 문재인 대통령이 말했을 것같다.


나머지 주제들은 남북한 고위급 실무자 회담들, UN의 북한 제재 조치들과 독립적인 영역들에서 남북한 협력 내용들에 대해서 논의했을 것이다.




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Korean leaders meet in surprise summit

Media captionKorean leaders surprise "Hollywood" meeting



The leaders of North and South Korea have met in the demilitarised border area between the two countries.

The meeting is only the second between South Korea's Moon Jae-in and the North's Kim Jong-un.


It comes as the two sides continue efforts to put a historic US-North Korea summit back on track.

US President Donald Trump cancelled the summit, scheduled to be held in Singapore on 12 June, but later suggested it might still go ahead.

The latest talks were held on the northern side of the Panmunjom truce village, between 15:00 and 17:00 local time (06:00 and 08:00 GMT), Mr Moon's office said.


"Both leaders exchanged opinions... for the successful holding of the North Korea-US summit," it added, saying that Mr Moon would announce the outcome of the talks on Sunday morning.

In Washington, Trump administration spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed that an advance team of White House and Department of State officials would leave for Singapore this weekend, as originally scheduled, to prepare for a possible summit there.



South Korean President Moon Jae-in (second left) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (far right) at the Cheong Wa Dae office (Blue House), 26 May 2018Image copyrightEPA
Image captionMoon Jae-in (second left) and Kim Jong-un (far right) hold talks at the border

The talks between Mr Trump and Mr Kim, if they were to go ahead, would be focused on ways of denuclearising the Korean peninsula and reducing tensions.


What has Trump said about talks with Kim?


After cancelling the scheduled summit last Thursday, blaming North Korea's "tremendous anger and open hostility", Mr Trump tweeted on Friday that "very productive talks" had taken place with the North on reinstating the summit with Mr Kim.


"We're gonna see what happens. We're talking to them [North Korea] now. It was a very nice statement they put out," Mr Trump told reporters at the White House in Washington.


He was referring to comments from the North's Vice-Foreign Minister, Kim Kye-gwan, who said that Mr Trump's decision was "unexpected" and "extremely regrettable", adding that Pyongyang was willing "to sit face to face at any time".


While Mr Trump said in a letter addressed to Mr Kim that he had cancelled the "long-planned" meeting "for the good of both parties", he also said that "wonderful dialogue" had recently taken place and that he was still looking forward to meeting the North Korean leader.







































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