Ahead of the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade, officials have announced that North and South Korea have set up a telephone hotline between their two leaders. This is the first time such a direct line of communication has been set up and Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae In, who are due to meet later this month, now have the option of speaking directly before the meeting. According to officials from both sides, a successful test call was conducted through the hotline established between the South’s presidential Blue House and the North’s state affairs commission, which is headed by Kim Jong Un. Last month, both sides agreed to set up the phone link when Moon’s top security adviser travelled to Pyongyang for an unprecedented meeting with Kim, who had then agreed to hold the inter-Korean summit.
The official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Rodong Sinmun, said that recently Trump, who is crazy about the hostile policy toward the DPRK, tweeted that he has a “big and strong nuclear button”. Trump’s bluff is regarded by the DPRK as just a spasm of a lunatic frightened by the might of Juche Korea and a bark of a rabid dog. Experts on the Korean issue said that it is not fitting for the president to put the dangerous and serious issue like a nuclear war on twitter and it is an irresponsible behavior leading the situation to the brink of a war. The U.S. shouldn’t doubt even a bit the DPRK’s nuclear deterrent bolstered to settle the showdown with the U.S. but behave with prudence.
President Xi Jinping said: China remains committed to the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, firmly maintains the international nuclear nonproliferation mechanism and resolutely champions peace and stability in Northeast Asia. Xi made the remarks in a phone conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday when they exchanged views on the situation on the peninsula. The peninsula issue should be resolved through peaceful means, including dialogue and consultation. Xi said it is hoped Britain stays committed to promoting peace. May said Britain is committed to maintaining international and regional peace and stability and is committed to the peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. May said Britain is ready to work with China to have closer high-level exchanges, make good use of their strategic dialogue, deepen cooperation in areas such as economy and trade, security and culture, and promote the development of EU-China relations.
China said on Tuesday it will not allow war or chaos on the Korean peninsula after it endorsed the latest UN sanctions against Pyongyang following its nuclear test last week. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: the resolution also reiterated the need to maintain peace and stability across the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia. Geng said “The peninsula issue must be resolved by peacefully and the military solution has no way out”. The UN sanctions are the strongest yet against Pyongyang, and also include bans on textile exports from the North, joint ventures and technology transfers, as well as efforts to stop smuggling of prohibited products. The US was pushing for tougher sanctions – including a full oil embargo, but met resistance from Russia and China, which feared that putting too much pressure on North Korea could escalate tensions. China has already imposed sanctions on Pyongyang including banning seafood imports from North Korea, and Chinese banks reportedly put a stop to transactions by North Koreans on Tuesday.