South Korea offers talks with defiant North ahead of Olympics

On Tuesday, South Korea offered talks to North Korea in a very difficult and questionable situation of the nuclear weapons program. This happened the day after the leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un said that he was absolutely ready and open to negotiations but he also mentioned his country would be pushing ahead with the mass productions in the field of nuclear warheads. The unification minister of South Korea said that this particular offer of high-level talks that has been discussed previously with the United States.

On the other hand, a decision about whether to push back a huge joint military drill between the United States and South Korea until the Winter Olympics is still pending since no clear decision was taken regarding this matter. There has been a lot of tension and it has been rising significantly over the nuclear and missile programs of North Korea which it has been pursuing in violation of the years of resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations with hostile speeches coming from both the White House and Pyongyang. North Korea sees war drills between the United States and South Korea on a regular basis as a preparation for war.

The Unification Minister of South Korea Cho Myong-Gyon told reporters that they are looking forward to candidly discussing the interests from both sides sitting face to face with North Korea along with the North's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics He repeatedly said that the government is open to talk with North Korea irrespective of location, time and form.

Cho stated that he expects the dialogue at the border village of Panmunjom and if it happens it will be focused on the participation of North Korea at the Olympics in the month of February but at the same time other issues are very likely to arise that includes the decentralization of North Korea. If the talks are held on the 9th of January, it would be the first such dialogue since a vice-ministerial meeting held in the month of December in the year 2015. The offer actually landed after a speech on New Year's Day by Kim who said he was absolutely open to dialogue with Seoul and for the athletes of North Korea to possibly take part in the Winter Games but at the same time, he persistently declared North Korea a nuclear power.

November 20, 2018 - 00:18
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