Leaders of two Koreas to hold summit on April 27th

Kim Jong Un makes surprise visit to China

The two sides will hold another preparatory meeting on April 4 to discuss protocol, security and media coverage issues.

John Bolton, Trump's designated national security advisor, has supported this model as a way of resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis, and said that the Trump-Kim summit could be a "very short meeting" if Kim refused to agree.

There seems to be a spring-like weather in political atmosphere of Korean peninsula.

South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, who led a three-member delegation to the latest high-level talks, said another high-level meeting between the two Koreas could be held next month "if necessary" to further discuss key agenda items for the summit.

Even more surprising was Kim's pledge to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

"Both sides agreed to prepare for (the summit) in a way that would allow honest and heartfelt discussions (between the leaders)".

When asked whether such issues would shape the discussions between Kim and Moon, Cho said "Yes".

The North's delegation is led by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of an agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs. The decision was reached by high-level delegates from Seoul and Pyongyang who met at the border village of Panmunjeom today. Others see the meeting as a path to possible denuclearization.

After the meeting, Ri hailed the agreement on the summit, which he said provides "immense expectations and new hope for the entire nation that desires peace on the Korean Peninsula". Observers argue that the meeting elevates Kim's status as the legitimate leader of his nuclear-armed country and again makes China a major player in the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Yang, a top Chinese diplomat, is scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday.

North Korea's willingness to hold talks has been welcomed by most South Koreans, albeit with scepticism over Kim's sincerity in abandoning his nuclear arsenal through dialogue, according to a recent poll.

Against this backdrop, South Korea's presidential office said a Chinese official was heading to Seoul to brief President Moon about the summit this week between North Korea's and China's leaders.

In the surest sign yet that Kim is intent on engaging in worldwide talks, the North Korean leader made his first foreign trip as leader to Beijing this week to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In his talks with Xi, Kim may have discussed economic cooperation or requested a softening of the enforcement of sanctions over the North's nuclear weapons and missiles.

South Korean officials echoed similar sentiments.

But Kim added that it is up to the United States and South Korea whether the goal can be achieved, according to China's official media. The announcement comes after DPRK leader Kim Jong-un's reiterated his country's commitment to denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula during a visit to Beijng.

The North Korean leader's engagement with the worldwide community has sparked speculation that he may try to meet other leaders.

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