What to expect from North-South Korean talks
- Author: Joey Payne Jan 09, 2018,
Jan 09, 2018, 1:52
Trump, who past year lambasted his chief diplomat for talking about negotiations with the nuclear-armed North, told reporters at Camp David that some dialogue or direct conversation with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was not beyond the realm of possibility.
North Korea has named the members of the delegation that will take part in talks with South Korea next week, the first between the two neighbors in more than two years.
They qualified to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics but North Korea missed the October 30 deadline to register them.
Only a figure skating pair from North Korea has secured a spot in the Games in South Korea in February, although several other athletes could qualify through special places offered by the Olympic body.
Hundreds of young, good-looking female North Korean cheerleaders have created a buzz at three previous worldwide sporting events in the South. Kanasugi reasserted that the 2015 deal "finally and irreversibly" settled the comfort women issue, and urged South Korea to carry out the terms of the agreement.
The North Korean leader made the nuclear button remark in his New Year's Day address. "The South Korean authorities should respond positively to our honest efforts for a detente", Kim said. "As the inter-Korean relations are, to all intents and purposes, an internal matter of the Korean nation, dependence on the outsiders will make matters more complicated", the agency said Monday.
The North's delegation will be led by Ri Son Gwon, the head of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.
The South Korean foreign ministry's Director-General for Northeast Asian affairs Kim Yong-kil (L) meets with Kenji Kanasugi, the director-general for Asian and Oceanian affairs at the Japanese foreign ministry on January 8, 2016, to discuss bilateral issues. They have been postponed until after the Paralympics finish on March 18.
"I think [Trump] always has to keep Kim on his toes". Too many times, Pyongyang has gotten what it wanted and kept its nuclear weapons too. "That's been their MO since the regime was founded", Kim said. Most recently, he served as North Korea's chief negotiator during the vice minister-level inter-Korean talks in December 2015.
"There is no turnaround", she said.
Hayley stressed during the interview that USA tension with North Korea is a "serious situation, and [Kim] can't sit there and imply that he's going to destroy the United States without us reminding him of the facts and the reality that if you go there, it's not us that's going to be detroyed, it's you".
"Moon has talked about being "in the driver's seat" in inter-Korean affairs".
The Trump administration has agreed to delay upcoming springtime drills with South Korea until after the Olympic Games.
Kim has no intention of giving up his nuclear program, the paper said.