Pyongyang Names Delegation to Attend Talks with South Korea

09 January, 2018, 00:56 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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The South Korean government on Tuesday will announce its official view on the previous administration's 2015 deal with Japan meant to resolve the issue of wartime "comfort women", with several diplomatic sources saying Seoul will call on Tokyo to voluntarily take additional action.

With all of the failed "experts" weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total "might" against the North. Fools, but talks are a good thing!

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. Sanctions imposed by the U.N. and individual nations were toughened after North Korea's sixth and biggest nuclear test and three intercontinental ballistic missile launches past year.

Trump's comments came as the first formal talks between North and South in more than two years are set to take place in a border town Tuesday; the rivals are trying to find ways to cooperate on the Winter Olympics that begin next month in the South. Tensions are high because of the North's nuclear and missile programs.

News of the event comes amid growing concerns of a nuclear attack as the topic bounces back and forth between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

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Trump said on Saturday that he was open to talking to Kim.

People look toward the north through a barbed-wire fence near the militarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, December 21, 2017. South Korea may suggest that North and South Korean athletes parade together during the opening and closing ceremonies and field a joint women's ice hockey team. The annual event helps maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula.

In recent weeks, Trump and Kim have traded barbs about their arsenals and the "nuclear button" on their desks, raising fears the two countries could be drawing closer to war.

But North Korea, which is weak in winter sports, now has no athletes qualified to participate in the Pyeonghang Games.

"For North Korea to achieve its desired effects and to attract attention, it will have to dispatch its beauty cheering squad", said An Chan Il, a defector-turned-researcher who heads the World Institute for North Korea Studies.

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"The priority will be discussions over North Korea's possible participation in the PyeongChang Olympics and the Paralympics", he said.

South Korea plans to announce on Tuesday its position on a two-year-old agreement with Japan to permanently resolve their dispute over the "comfort women" forced into Japan's military brothels before and during the war, and will not demand that it be renegotiated or scrapped, Yonhap news agency reported Monday. North Korea has not responded to Seoul's offer.

The Trump administration has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Olympics. "We will make efforts to enable the North to take part in the games", Cho said.

North Korea's delegation will be led by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.

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