U.S. not budging on demands that North Korea halt nuclear weapons

by Abel Hampton January 9, 2018, 0:37
U.S. not budging on demands that North Korea halt nuclear weapons

But US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that there was "no turnaround" in the US stance, reiterating that the North must stop nuclear tests for talks with Washington.

But on Thursday, Trump called the new talks "a good thing" and said they had been prompted by his "firm, strong" stance, which has included harsher global sanctions and threats of military intervention if the North does not give up its weapons program. North and South Korea also agreed to hold the first high level talks since 2015 to discuss "matters of mutual interest", including North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics.

Under the deal announced by the foreign ministers of the two countries, Japan gave 1 billion yen ($8.8 million) to a South Korean foundation to support Korean victims, while South Korea agreed to "make efforts" to remove a comfort women monument from in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

The talks at Panmunjom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, will largely focus on the North's participation in next month's Winter Olympics in the South.

"We will listen to what North Korea will say".

If the United States has a crucial role, it is at a peace conference to bring an official end to the Korean War, not engage in threats to launch a nuclear war.

Just a day after Kim's New Year speech, Seoul offered to Pyongyang holding the high-level talks.

South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will discuss issues of mutual concern, including military and humanitarian issues which South Korea raised a year ago, during the upcoming high-level talks, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Monday.

This week the US and South Korea agreed to suspend military exercises off the Korean Peninsula until after the Winter Olympic Games. It's not my understanding that they're going to talk about anything further.

Trump calls that "a big start".

Trump said "if something can happen and something can come out of those talks that would be a great thing for all of humanity".

"I would love to see them take it beyond the Olympics", he said.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in persuaded the United States to delay joint military exercises until after the Olympics in a bid to reduce tensions and possibly create room for diplomacy.

Re "U.S. Stands By as Two Koreas Open Dialogue" (front page, January 4): North Korea's announcement that it would resume direct border talks with South Korea points to something much bigger in the world: Thanks to President Trump the United States is becoming ever more isolated.

Ri, the committee chairman who was promoted to his current position in June 2016, is a seasoned negotiator for inter-Korean talks although his previous experience has mostly been military-related due to his career in the armed forces.

The Trump administration has said that any future talks between the United States and North Korea must be aimed at denuclearization. CPRF Director Hwang Chung-song is expected to be the counterpart of Ahn Mun-hyeon, deputy director general of the Office of the Prime Minister.


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