Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrives in Pyongyang

The historic inter-Korean summit that sparked hopes of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, has put North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a positive light, as reflected by a recent poll that found over 78 percent South Koreans viewing Kim as trustworthy.

A shift in relations with North Korea could present the US with the ability to reshape its strategic posture in Asia, a lower-scale echo of Nixon's opening with China during the Cold War.

Ahead of Kim's subsequent summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, a number of experts believe China wants to secure its involvement in any talks or developments surrounding the Korean Peninsula, the South China Morning Post reported. He said "We are committed to the permanent, verifiable, irreversible dismantling of North Korea's weapons of mass destruction program and to do so without delay".

Moon's comments came after a presidential adviser publicly suggested the presence of U.S. troops would be called into question if a peace treaty were to be agreed with Pyongyang.

Trump has accepted an invitation to meet the North Korean leaders, which would be the first ever between heads of States of the two countries. North Korea has used detained Americans as leverage to force the open bilateral talks with it in the past. "We need cooperation from our member countries in the Asia-Pacific, European and North Atlantic regions".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi travelled to Pyongyang on Wednesday, to hold talks with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho.

There is a "strong possibility" the summit will be held at the site, with some events possibly scheduled on the northern side of the military demarcation line separating the two countries, according to an official with deep knowledge of North Korea's thinking on the matter.

Aware of the sensitivity of the issue, the Moon government has been emphasizing that North Korean leader Kim is not repeating a demand his father and grandfather made.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim reportedly discussed the Americans recently when Pompeo visited the North in his role as Central Intelligence Agency director.

The Chosun Ilbo daily suggested the arrival of F-22 jets could also be aimed at bolstering security in case the North Korea-US summit takes place at Panmunjom.

US President Donald Trump is expected to meet with Kim in May or June, where more regimented plans for the nation's denuclearization are expected to be formed.

China is the North's only major economic partner, but trade has declined by about 90 per cent following Beijing's implementation of economic sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear bomb and ballistic missile tests.

"I think I have the record for the longest trip on the first day of work", Pompeo joked on Tuesday.

  • Jon Douglas