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USA and China are pushing North Korea to denuclearization


During the March meeting with the Chairman of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un announced a possibility of preparing a roadmap for the process of denuclearization of North Korea, reported Japanese newspaper Tokyo Shimbun. The road map will come into force if the United States guarantees preservation of Pyongyang's political system. This option is quite possible. On the eve, the candidate for the post of US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said he never advocated a change of power in the DPRK, and called diplomatic methods of influencing the DPRK priority.

According to Tokyo Shimbun’s interlocutors, Kim Jong-un stated readiness to denuclearize the Korean peninsula during the meeting with the Chairman of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping. The North Korean leader explained that his country would not need nuclear weapons if the US ceased its hostile policy towards it. In addition to guaranteed preservation of the political system, the North Korean leader counts on compensation from the US. It is reported that the preparation of the road map may begin even before the US-North Korean summit. 

Recall, in late March, Kim Jong-un left the territory of the DPRK for the first time since the beginning of his reign in 2011, heading by train to Beijing. The purpose of the trip was a desire to gain China's support in the conflict with the United States and convince Xi Jinping of its interest in peace on the Korean peninsula. The Chinese leader said at the end of the meeting: "We agreed that the maintenance of traditional friendship between China and the DPRK corresponds to the common interests of the two countries, the strategic choice of the two countries." He also added that China "is committed to the goal of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the protection of peace and stability, the resolution of problems through dialogue and consultation."

A key stage in this dialogue will be Kim Jong-un's meeting with US President Donald Trump, which is expected to take place in May or early June. The American leader intends to demand that the DPRK "complete, verifiable and irreversible reject" the nuclear program within six months or a year from the date of the summit. According to sources, the White House opposes a "phased and synchronized execution of the nuclear deal" with Pyongyang, while North Korea insists on step-by-step denuclearization.

"I think that the scheduled meeting with Kim Jong-un will be amazing. I think that it will be held in a spirit of mutual respect," President Trump said on Thursday. Mike Pompeo is likely to be engaged in the final stage of preparation for the summit. On Thursday, his candidature was discussed in the Senate Committee on International Affairs. Answering questions of the senators, Mr. Pompeo made rather lenient statements on North Korea, although he has the image of a supporter of a tough foreign policy line. In particular, he assured that he never advocated a change of power in the DPRK, and said that the US "still has diplomatic opportunities" to solve the North Korean problem. He added that in the event of a serious escalation and threat to US citizens, Washington is ready to accept "an answer that goes beyond diplomacy."

source: scmp.com