Moon urges swift steps to realize N. Korean participation at PyeongChang

Moon urges swift steps to realize N. Korean participation at PyeongChang

Cho told a media conference he expects the two Koreas to focus on bringing a North Korean delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which begin next month, should the talks be held on January 9. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, as part of his pursuit of engagement with the North, has called for North Korea's participation. In the address, Kim celebrated the completion of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, offered to enter conditional talks with South Korea with the offer of potentially sending a delegation to the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, and condemned global sanctions.

"This speech pokes at the fissure that has lain below the surface in U.S". He said North Korea's nuclear deterrent was "irreversible" and that it would prevent Trump from starting a war. However, he also steadfastly declared North Korea a nuclear power.

Park said the presidential office has always stated its readiness to talk with the North anytime, anywhere and in any form if the dialogue is about peace on the Korean Peninsula. "That's not a basis on which the United States is prepared to engage", he said.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon offered on Tuesday high-ranking government talks with North Korea next week at the border village of Panmunjom, a day after Pyongyang suggested talks despite sticking to its nuclear ambitions.

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Talks could provide a temporary thaw in strained inter-Korean ties, but conservative critics worry that they may only earn the North time to flawless its nuclear weapons. How things turn out, he said, rests on whether China puts more pressure North Korea.

The New Year's address is an annual event in the North and is watched closely for indications of the direction and priorities Kim may adopt in the year ahead. (This may not be the case in a crisis, where Kim Jong-un may be forced to tolerate some level of predelegation to retain credible retaliatory capability.) Kim, nevertheless, appeared pleased with his arrangement: "The U.S. could never launch a military attack on me", he said.

Daniel Russel, the top USA diplomat for East Asia until last April and now at the Asia Society Policy Institute, said there was an argument to be made to encourage North Korea's Olympic participation but that it should not be taken too far.

In recent months, North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date and flight-tested intercontinental ballistic missiles three times, raising concerns that it's closer than ever to gaining a military arsenal that can viably target the mainland United States.

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