US intelligence chiefs wary of reported North Korea…
Mar 09, 2018, 03:06
North Korea has offered to discuss denuclearisation with the United States and consider abandoning its weapons programmes in exchange for security guarantees, according to Seoul, the latest chapter in a rapid Olympics-driven rapprochement on the Korean peninsula. They were the first South Korean officials to meet the young North Korean leader since he took power after his dictator father's death in late 2011.
The late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who hosted the late South Korean Presidents Kim Dae-jung in Pyongyang in 2000 and Roh Moo-hyun in 2007, said he would make a return visit, but did not fulfill the promise.
North Korea's surprise offer of nuclear talks has thrown Donald Trump the biggest global challenge of his administration - and prompted a rare show of restraint from the usually outspoken president.
"The implied threat suggests that North Korea wants to keep us talking as it engages Seoul". Such threats have been roundly - and rightly - criticized as risking nuclear catastrophe, though there's little doubt Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken notice, especially when Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Joseph Dunford visitedthe border area in August and established three-star communication channels with the Chinese military to avoid accidental clashes in the event of a conflict.
"However, as this is just the beginning, I believe we are not at a situation yet where we can be optimistic".
"This public display of contempt for universal norms against chemical weapons use further demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underscores that we cannot afford to tolerate a North Korean WMD program of any kind", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
"He also made an exchange of in-depth views on the issues for easing the acute military tensions on the Korean Peninsula and activating the versatile dialogue, contact, cooperation and exchange", the report said.
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Kim Jong Un's half-brother was assassinated on the orders of the North Korean government, the US has said.
The United States has determined North Korea used a banned chemical weapon to assassinate the half brother of leader Kim Jong-un in Malaysia last year, with the claim coming just hours after Pyongyang signalled it was willing to give up its nuclear weapons.
The lawyers representing the two women have said the police failed to properly investigate North Koreans believed to have orchestrated the assassination, including diplomats. In fact, if one thing is certain, it is that we are entering a more dangerous dance with Pyongyang than ever before.
In reality, they say, any strike against North Korea would require overwhelming military force and would almost certainly put 30,000 US personnel and millions of other allied civilians in South Korea at immediate risk.
Chung cited the North as saying it would not carry out nuclear or missile tests while talks with the international community were under way. But Pyongyang could very well detach Seoul from its alliance with Washington, particularly if President Trump still looks to be more belligerent.
"This is awesome and I hope that the United States takes this very, very seriously". In October, thousands of bottles of bootlegged whisky, beer and wine were stolen from a North Korean diplomat's home in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
The North Koreans have also said they would be willing to negotiate with the Trump administration directly. And achieving its nuclear aims rests on the North resuming tests of missiles and bombs that set the region on edge.
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