South Korea's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said she is optimistic that North Korea will agree to concrete steps towards abandoning its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, developed in violation of UN resolutions.
North Korea must make concrete pledges toward curbing its nuclear weapons program, such as dismantling its main nuclear complex and allowing international inspections to confirm the process, when leader Kim Jong Un meets US President Donald Trump as soon as next month, South Korea's foreign minister said.
Kang Kyung-wha told Reuters at the World Economic Forum in Davos that she is optimistic that North Korea will agree to concrete steps towards abandoning its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, developed in violation of United Nations resolutions.
"The (North Korean) leader has promised to his people many times that 'I'm going to take this country towards economic development'. He has to deliver that, and he's not going to get the kind of significant assistance unless he takes concrete steps toward denuclearisation and somehow eases the sanctions regime," she said on Thursday.
"Given the strong political will on the part of the top leaders of the two sides...I think we will see concrete results."
Trump and Kim held a historic first summit in Singapore in June. The White House said last week a second summit would be held in late February but did not say where.
On Thursday, North Korean state media said that Kim had ordered working-level preparations for his meeting with the American president, and that he "will believe" in Trump's "positive way of thinking."
"Given the strong political will on the part of the top leaders of the two sides... I think we will see concrete results."- Kang Kyung-wha, South Korea's foreign minister
Kang said there was "broad agreement" between Pyongyang and Washington on the timing and that a date could be announced "very soon."
Kim pledged at the first summit to work towards "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", but discussions over how to implement the vague commitments have since faltered.
Washington is demanding concrete action towards denuclearisation, such as a full disclosure of North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities, before agreeing to key goals of Pyongyang -- easing tough international sanctions and declaring an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War.
The two Koreas are technically still at war because the conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.