The assertion by the two Korean leaders, Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un, after an unexpected meeting on Saturday that North Korea is committed to “complete denuclearisation” and that a North Korea-US summit must be held offers a ray of hope in a dark, sometimes impenetrable situation.
That, in Washington, US president Donald Trump signalled that preparations for the summit with Mr Kim were going ahead adds to that qualified sense of of optimism — even if his on-off inconsistency undermines the entire process.
North Korea said Mr Kim expressed “his fixed will” on the possibility of meeting Mr Trump as previously planned.
This issue, no matter how remote it may seem, has huge baring on the world stability.
Every effort must be made, especially by the leaders’ more experienced and grounded advisors and allies, to try to ensure that talks go ahead and that they lead to a reliable peace deal.
This is a high-stakes game with consequences far beyond the personal ambitions of anyone involved.
Sanity must prevail.