With the resumption of North Korea-U.S. working-level talks in sight, there are expectations that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump might hold their third summit within this year. Looking upbeat about the proposed working-level talks, North Korea even presented the agenda for the contact, which centers on security guarantees and sanctions relief.
Following North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui's recent proposal to restart Pyongyang-Washington working-level talks late this month, U.S. President Donald Trump hinted at the possibility of his third meeting with Kim Jong-un. Trump also dismissed his hardliner national security adviser John Bolton last week. The regime responded to these developments, by expressing positive expectations for the proposed talks through a statement released by the director of the U.S. affairs bureau at the Foreign Ministry. Pyongyang welcomed Washington's decision to resolve pending issues through dialogue and negotiations, and expressed hopes the working-level talks will produce good results. The communist state even proposed the agenda for negotiations, insisting that the discussions of denuclearization will only be possible when threats and hurdles endangering its system security and obstructing its development are clearly removed beyond all doubt. North Korea appears to be seeking security guarantees and sanctions relief simultaneously. It then added that whether the negotiations will be a window for chance or an occasion to precipitate crisis is entirely up to the U.S. The remarks suggest that the goal of the working-level talks is to discuss another summit between the leaders of the two sides and that it will not rush to hold another Kim-Trump summit without full preparations. While stressing North Korea's position that it will not repeat the failure of the Hanoi summit, the statement appears to be aimed at pressuring the U.S. to offer alternatives at the upcoming