UNSC welcomes Korea talks which can build confidence and trust

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

He also phoned South Korean President Moon Jae-in and said that U.S. would not conduct a military strike against North Korea until the two countries were talking.

"More disturbing, it reinforced Kim's determination to keep his nuclear weapons and may have increased the risk that the North could misinterpret US military exercises as the prelude to a regime-threatening attack and decide that it has nothing to lose by striking first".

Go Myong-Hyun, an analyst at the Seoul-based Asan Institute of Policy Studies, said North Korea secured so-called "strategic composure" - shelter from a possible United States military strike which has repeatedly been described as an "option on the table" by Trump administration officials.

The Kremlin strongman congratulated the North Korean dictator, saying he had won the latest stand-off with the United States and South Korea.

There were also talks of carrying out a limited strike on North Korea with the fears of a nuclear war in the background. No conversation has been publicly reported between any sitting usa president and a North Korean leader in decades, if ever.

The US has not had any direct contact with North Korea since 2012, at least officially.

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President Donald Trump suggested in an interview Thursday that he has developed a positive relationship with the North Korean leader, but declined to say whether they have spoken. However, he added that any talks will come with prerequisites.

President Donald Trump's "administration is pleased that China is sharply reducing its trade with North Korea", the White House said in a statement.

Bach and Chang's talks broached the question of whether the North Korean athletes would be housed in the Olympic village. "I have relationships with people". North Korea has shown no willingness to discuss its nuclear weapons which pose an emerging threat to the American mainland, and it has stuck to its tough stance toward Washington while it tries to woo the South.

"A lot of good talks are going on now".

"I don't mind talks with North Korea but I do have serious concerns about legitimizing the most barbaric leader on the planet", Graham wrote in a post on Twitter on Tuesday. It announced it had postponed its joint military exercises with the U.S., an annual event that North Korea believes encroaches on their sovereignty, earlier this month.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry had indicated it would consider lifting some sanctions temporarily to facilitate the North's attendance in the Games, to be held from Feb 9 to 25 in the alpine county of Pyeongchang. Moon reportedly said Trump deserved significant credit for the dialogue.

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