US-South Korea war games may overlap with April's Kim-Moon summit

Kim Jong-un shakes hands with South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong More
Kim Jong-un shakes hands with South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong More

10 Marcha, 2018

Moon's presidential national security director, Chung Eui-yong, who led the South Korean delegation that met with Kim, is to leave for the United States on Thursday to brief U.S. officials on the outcome of his trip to the North. Chung told reporters on Tuesday that he received a message from North Korea intended for the United States, but didn't disclose what it was.

But it is willing to halt the programme if its national security - and that of its leadership - is guaranteed, the South's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong told a briefing after returning from the North, where he met leader Kim Jong Un.

China advised the Trump administration to abandon its "fantasy" of defeating North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un with sanctions and insisted that negotiations were the only way to diffuse the nuclear weapons dispute.

The Korean overtures come at a time when the United States has no ambassador in South Korea and no special representative on North Korea, and when the nominee for assistant secretary of state for East Asia has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.

"I think that they are sincere".

He added: "May be false hope, but the US is ready to go hard in either direction!".

Moon rejected allegations of a behind-the-scenes agreement with Pyongyang in return for it coming to the negotiating table.

The two sides have also agreed to hold talks between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April in the truce village of Panmunjom.

And the US introduced a fresh round of sanctions on the North for violating international law by using a banned chemical weapon to assassinate Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and brother of Kim Jong-un.

The additional sanctions on Pyongyang went into effect on March 5 after the finding was formally published in the Federal Register, the official journal of the US Government, Ms Nauert said.

Wary of that gambit, Vice President Mike Pence vowed to uphold the US campaign of "maximum pressure" until Pyongyang takes concrete steps to abandon its weapons - insisting the US posture "will not change until we see credible, verifiable, and concrete steps toward denuclearization". "But context and timing matters, and this opens up the opportunity for more diplomacy", said John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Relations in Seoul. "We believe the timing is ripe for U.S. -North Korean talks to begin", Chung said. "Negotiation is the only way out".

President Donald Trump said Tuesday there was "possible progress being made in talks with North Korea".

But that can be revisited. It's the latest sign that the Koreas are trying to mend ties after one of the tensest years in a region that seems to be permanently on edge.

"It has a great meaning that North Korea expressed its stance that they will not make the ROK - U.S. joint military drills a problem", Chung said. His critics argue that Seoul could settle for a nuclear freeze or end up allowing Pyongyang to be recognized as a nuclear power.

The State Department said it is imposing sanctions under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.

North Korea "made it clear" that it would not resume provocations - such as nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile launches - while it was engaged in talks with the South, he said. "The United States knows this very well", said Go Myong-Hyun of the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. Trump himself promised 'fire and fury' on the North, threatened war and said that an 'armada' was on its way to pummel North Korea.

"It was agreed that a hotline will be installed between the two heads of state and working-level talks will be held through the Ministry of Unification as our Taekwondo demonstration team and a cultural troupe will visit Pyongyang", he said, according to Kookmin Ilbo.

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