South Korea to send envoys to North Korea to discuss ties, talks
- Author: Tracy Klein Mar 05, 2018,
Mar 05, 2018, 0:31
USA officials have said that North Korea has used past negotiations to win economic concessions while continuing to advance its nuclear weapons program.
"They called up a couple of days ago and said, 'We would like to talk, '" President Donald Trump said in his speech at the Gridiron Club Dinner on Saturday, according to CNN.
The commentary comes after North Korea's representative to the Conference on Disarmament sponsored by the United Nations declared Pyongyang is ready to respond to any military provocations or sanctions from the U.S.
"If the United States finally holds joint military exercises while keeping sanctions on the DPRK, the DPRK will counter the USA by its own mode of counteraction and the U.S. will be made to own all responsibilities for the ensuing consequences", North Korea's official KCNA news agency said in its commentary, saying the drills would harm reconciliation efforts on the peninsula.
By sending Mr. Chung and Mr. Suh to Pyongyang, Mr. Moon was reciprocating the visit by Mr. Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, who attended the Games' opening ceremony.
It is still unclear whether the South Korean envoys will have an opportunity to directly meet the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
While that's not enough to fully fund North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, it certainly doesn't hurt. "I just won't", he said, referring to North Korea's leader.
It's the latest step in President Moon Jae-in's efforts to extend the detente stemming from the recent Olympics into broader talks with Washington aimed at easing tensions over the North's nuclear weapons program.
Apparently, the North Korean regime was able to avoid worldwide sanctions by mining or stealing bitcoin, according to some experts.
After months of uncertainty, the president suggested Saturday night that the USA and North Korea "will be meeting" soon.
"They will embark on a two-day trip from Monday, using a special direct flight to Pyongyang", Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as saying.
Vowing not to repeat mistakes, the Trump administration has said that even if talks started, it would maintain its "maximum" pressure and sanctions campaign until North Korea denuclearized.