South Korea May Hold Talks With North to Ease Tensions With US

Leroy Wright
March 21, 2019

"President Trump wants this threat resolved through negotiations". It took Reagan and [Mikhail] Gorbachev many, many times to solve just a piece of the nuclear weapons problem.

Recent activity at North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launch Facility should not be considered as constituting preparations for a missile launch, South Korea's defense minister said on Monday.

Appearing on a radio interview, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton asked China, North Korea's chief ally and trading partner, "to help put talks back on track".

North Korea said on Tuesday that there was "no justification" for maintaining full sanctions on Pyongyang given that it has halted nuclear and missile testing for the past 15 months.

Undeterred by the breakdown of the Trump- summit, South Korea has continued to urge the United States to ease sanctions on to allow a resumption of inter-Korean economic projects and encourage more disarmament steps from the North.

However, the U.S. made clear there would be no easing of sanctions until the North is fully denuclearized.

"Both the U.S. and North Korea clearly state the intentions to continue diplomacy and negotiations", a high-level Cheong Wa Dae official said on Sunday, quoting USA special representative on North Korea Stephen Biegun as saying "diplomacy is very much alive".

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has said it was 's "outmost priority" to prevent nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang from derailing, nominated a dovish scholar as his new point-man on on Friday in an apparent effort to push further his engagement policy with the North.

Even regarding the Hanoi summit, the official said there had been major positive developments and that the two sides had probably gained an understanding of how to go about resolving the matter.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed that North Korea remains interested in talks with the United States, despite a recent remark by the North's vice foreign minister that blamed the United States for the collapse of the Vietnam summit.

While saying Seoul and Washington shared the view that "no deal is better than a bad deal", the official also said there was a need to review what he called an "all-or-nothing" strategy.

Referring to a press conference by DPRK vice minister Choe Son Hui in Pyongyang on Friday - in which the high-level DPRK diplomat warned that her country may withdraw from talks with the U.S. - Kang said she believed Pyongyang was still willing to "engage in dialogue".

"It matters to the people of Japan and South Korea, our important partners, and it matters to the whole world", Pompeo said.

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