Left to right: Kim Hak-song, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim
North Korea has freed three US citizens from prison, according to a tweet from US President Donald Trump.
It is viewed as a goodwill gesture ahead of a historic summit between Mr Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
Mr Trump said he would greet the men when they return with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has been in Pyongyang to arrange the planned talks.
Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chu were able to “walk on the plane without assistance”, the White House said.
They had been jailed for anti-state activities and placed in labour camps. Read more
Over the last three years, a European Parliament has been conducting secret talks with Pyongyang to try and convince North Korea to end its Nuclear Program.
Mr Deva, the leader of the group, said him and the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula had been ‘relentlessly advocating the case for dialogue without preconditions’ to end the standoff with the North. Nirj Deva has met senior North Korean officials, including ministers, fourteen time and there are plans to meet again in Brussels.
Europe is not the only one advancing on ending tensions in North Korea, as last week, Trump accepted an invitation to speak to leader Kim Jong Un. The first significant move came on Thursday when North Korea’s foreign minister was on his way to Sweden for two days of talks. The Swedish counterpart will ‘address the security situation’, the Swedish government represent US interests.
China’s president was ‘delighted’ with the advancements and shared a Chinese proverb; “once hard ice melts, spring comes and flowers bloom.” President Xi Jinping has been supporting South Korean President Moon Jae-in with the efforts to build dialogue and strengthen the relationship.
Japan is more doubting of the talks and said in a meeting on Tuesday with South Korea’s National Intelligence Service Chief and Japanese Prime Minister ,Shinzo Abe, that it was ‘extremely important’ that North Korea ‘takes concrete action which realize their words’ referring to denuclearization.
While we wait for the word of Kim Jong Un, Trump cannot refrain himself from speaking out on social media and to the press, an issue that is often a problem to his allies. His twitter has spilled more than needed, and at times disrupted peace between leaders.
The former South Korean President – Park Geun-hye – was removed from office, because of her role in the recent corruption scandal.
At a time where tensions are so high, what will happen? A new president must be elected in sixty days, as Ms Park has been facing impeachment over the scandal. However what will this mean for the people? Whilst China and North Korea, the public must choose a new president.
Park has been accused of; bribery, extortion and abuse of power. Although she denies any wrong doing, we will see what happens. In speeches, she said that she was open for questioning, but has refused any opportunities.
Park Geun-hye has strangely been accused of cult activities. These allegations popped up after she reconnected with an old friend. This friend had set up the cult ‘The Church of Eternal Life’. Choi Tae-min (the leader) told Ms Park that he had been visited by the soul of her late mother, whom had been assassinated by North Korea. Choi’s daughter is said to have manipulated Park to force companies to donate billions to her non-profit organisations. One of the judges on panel said she “seriously impaired the spirit of… democracy and the rule of law.”