North Korea Has Suggested It Is Open To Talks With US

Mar 09, 2018, 03:04
North Korea Has Suggested It Is Open To Talks With US

North and South Korea have been divided by a heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ) since the Korean War (1950-53) ended with an armistice but no peace treaty.

While Trump was making his remarks Saturday, North Korea said it would only talk to the United States if it were on an "equal footing", without any preconditions.

It also pledged not to use nuclear or conventional weapons against the South, he said.

And in a tweet earlier on Tuesday, Trump said progress was possible, but cautioned that the North Korean overtures "may be false hope".

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"Also interesting is that North Korea says it will refrain from missile and [nuclear] tests so long as talks with the U.S. continue", he noted.

Also during the news conference with Löfven, a Swedish reporter asked Trump about the threat of Russia interference in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.

People watch a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, 07-03-2018. This was decided in talks between his envoys to Pyongyang and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

New Delhi has been cutting back on trade with North Korea but has maintained diplomatic links. North Korea has denied the accusation. "For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned", Trump tweeted Tuesday.

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Dongguk University's Koh Yu-hwan told the Korea Herald that the summit between the two Koreas showed "they are determined to take a lead in resolving the nuclear stand off on the Korean Peninsula". Chung said the North is ready to have "heart-to-heart" talks with the U.S. about the regime's potential denuclearization and normalization between the countries.

"All options are on the table and our posture toward the regime will not change until we see credible, verifiable, and concrete steps toward denuclearization", stressed Pence. "And I think they're sincere also because of the sanctions and what we're doing with respect to North Korea".

If Kim and the North Korean regime do discuss stepping away from their nuclear program the U.S., it would be a discussion in stark contrast with their actions and words over the last year. The North had been reiterating that its nuclear program is in self-defence to the 'provocative' US and South Korea joint military drills. I think we are having very good dialogue. On Feb. 23, the U.S. put new sanctions on 27 trading and shipping companies, 28 vessels, and one individual for evading U.S. and United Nations embargoes on trading oil, coal, and other fuel with North Korea.

Two previous summits were held in 2000 and 2007, under South Korean presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun who met Kim's father, Kim Jong-il.

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The two defendants, Doan Thi Huong, a 29-year-old Vietnamese citizen, and Siti Aisyah, 25, of Indonesia, have pleaded not guilty in the killing of the half brother, who had been returning home to Macau and was traveling on a passport in the name of Kim Chol.

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