S. Korean president says talks won't ease pressure on North

09 Marcha, 2018, 01:10 | Author: Gregg Anderson
  • S Korean envoys in historic trip to North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said talks with Kim Jong Un won't automatically lead to an easing of worldwide sanctions and pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program. The U.S. has consistently demanded North Korea give up its nukes, which the reclusive socialist state had previously insisted was off the table until Washington abandoned its "hostile policy" toward it.

The North could seek "a dialogue for peaceful coexistence" with the United States, said Koh Yu-hwan, a professor at Dongguk University.

Under a 1994 deal with the United States, North Korea pledged to freeze and eventually dismantle its nuclear weapons program in exchange for worldwide aid to build two power-producing nuclear reactors. A nuclear test in the Pacific, an ICBM launch near Guam or Hawaii and progress in its atmospheric reentry technology will be considered provocations that cross a red line for the United States.

With the specter of two past summits that failed to blunt North Korea's nuclear ambitions, South Korean officials planning talks next month now face the thorny task of overcoming familiar sticking points with the threat of war looming over any failure.

The United States has formally concluded that North Korea ordered the hit of leader Kim Jong Un's brother - using a VX nerve agent to poison him, according to officials.

A combination photo shows a Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) handout of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released on May 10, 2016, and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump posing for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 17, 2016. After all, South Korea today is recognised as an Asian economic miracle while North Korea barely has an economy. Additionally, they made known the North's desire to hold dialogue with the US. The deal fell apart in 2002 when a senior USA official said North Korean officials admitted to having a secret nuclear program during his visit to Pyongyang.

The US president being seen to prematurely slam the door on talks would put a massive strain on relations with Seoul and would likely spell the end of rigorously enforced worldwide sanctions. But he added, "The United States has been clear that we respect the sovereignty and the sovereign decisions that the Republic of Korea may make in its own best interest".

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It would be the first such meeting for more than a decade and the first since Kim Jong-un took power in North Korea in 2011.

"The State Department has 75,000 people that work for us around the world", she said February 27.

Many in Seoul and Washington will want to know if, the rhetoric and smiling images notwithstanding, there's any possibility Kim will negotiate over the North's breakneck pursuit of an arsenal of nuclear missiles that can viably target the USA mainland. Even if talks begin, they say, Washington will not stop its campaign of "maximum" pressure and sanctions until the North dismantles its nuclear weapons program.

Most analysts said Pyongyang won a decisive public relations victory over the U.S. at the Olympics last month when Vice President Mike Pence appeared open to talks but North Koreans and South Koreans actually met.

The two leaders will meet on the southern side of the fortified border village of Panmunjom for what would be only the third inter-Korean summit since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

The Trump administration has piled on "maximum pressure" against North Korea in the form of unilateral and worldwide economic sanctions. -South Korean military drills that were postponed during the Olympics and are due to resume next month.

On-again off-again "six-party" talks, grouping the two Koreas, Japan, Russia and the United States and hosted by China, ended in failure in 2009, with North Korea criticising USA aggression.



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