South Korea expecting to see dramatic changes regarding North Korea this year

Yuyi Rin, Jan. 22, 2019, 10:42 a.m.

A South Korean presidential committee sought to find ways to ensure the success of the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit, along with ways to further improve the country's own relations with the communist state, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Tuesday.

The presidential committee on the implementation of inter-Korean summit agreements held its third session at Cheong Wa Dae, three days after U.S. President Donald Trump said his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will likely be held late next month.

"The committee on the implementation of inter-Korean summit agreements reviewed the efforts to hold the second North Korea-U.S. summit and the country's own measures, ways to implement inter-Korean summit agreements this year and efforts to hold a joint event with North Korea to mark the 100th anniversary of the March 1st movement," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a press release.

The meeting was chaired by the president's new chief of staff, Noh Young-min.

Noh highlighted the possibility of what he called "more dramatic changes" in his opening remarks.

"(We) saw various measures taking place successfully to remove dangers of war and armed confrontation on the Korean Peninsula. They provided a strong basis of peace and a significant reduction of political and military tension on the Korean Peninsula," he was quoted as saying.

"I expect more dramatic changes to take place this year based on such progress," he added.

The special committee was established last year after South Korean President Moon Jae-in held his historic first summit with the North Korean leader in April, which was followed by the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit in June.

Moon and Kim met again in May and September.

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