Offbeat South Korea to play 'mediator' to resolve North Korea-U.S. summit doubts: official

07:05  17 may  2018
07:05  17 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Koreas in close consultations ahead of N. Korea - U . S . summit : official . [Inter- Korea ] : North Korea has invited eight South Korean journalists to the event showcasing the dismantlement of its nuclear test site scheduled next week.

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a close up of a logo: A North Korean flag flutters on top of a 160-metre tower in North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong, in this picture taken from the Tae Sung freedom village near the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), in Paju © REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji A North Korean flag flutters on top of a 160-metre tower in North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong, in this picture taken from the Tae Sung freedom village near the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), in Paju

By Joyce Lee

South Korea is seeking to mediate to bridge the gap between the United States and North Korea as they appear to have "some kind of difference in stances" ahead of a planned summit, an official at South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Thursday.

The comments come after Pyongyang on Wednesday threatened to pull out of the June 12 summit in Singapore with U.S. President Donald Trump, saying it might not attend if Washington continues to demand it unilaterally abandon its nuclear arsenal.

South Korea Ministry: North Korea proposes inter-Korea talks on May 16

  South Korea Ministry: North Korea proposes inter-Korea talks on May 16 North Korea has proposed holding high-level inter-Korea talks on May 16, South Korea's Unification Ministry on Tuesday. The South Korean government was in talks to finalize details for the meeting, said a ministry official, who declined to be named due to internal policy.North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear bomb test site for sometime between May 23-25 in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, the country's state media reported on Saturday a month ahead of the summit with the United States.

North and South Korea will hold their first summit in more than a decade in late April, the South ' s North and South Korea , still technically at war but enjoying a sharp easing in tension since the Kim Jong Un met senior South Korean government officials for the first time and said it was his "firm will

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The Blue House official said the South Korean government or President Moon Jae-in intends to more actively perform "the role of a mediator" in various channels between South Korea, the U.S. and North Korea.

Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a summit at the White House on May 22, and the two are expected to discuss the upcoming summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Blue House intends to "sufficiently convey (to the United States) what we've discerned about North Korea's position and attitude through the summit on the 22nd, and sufficiently convey the United States' position to North Korea," thereby helping to bridge the gap between their positions, the official said.

"Seeing the announced statements and responses from North Korea and the United States, we see the two parties as having a sincere and serious attitude (to stand in each other's shoes)," the official said.

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  Pompeo: U.S. to help North Korea economy if it gives up nukes <p>Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered economic help Friday to impoverished North Korea if it gives up its nuclear weapons, as the two countries prepare for an historic summit between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un.</p>WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered economic help Friday to impoverished North Korea if it gives up its nuclear weapons, as the two countries prepare for an historic summit between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump said at a White House news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday «I don’t think he’ s playing » when asked about the historic summit between North and South Korea .

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A guard post is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju © REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji A guard post is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju

South Korea intends to continue discussions with North Korea to hold high-level talks North Korea canceled on Wednesday, Blue House said in a statement on Thursday. North Korea called off the talks, blaming U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

Meanwhile, Chinese government's top diplomat, Wang Yi, said on Thursday the measures North Korea has taken to ease tension on the Korean peninsula should be acknowledged, and all other parties, especially the United States, should cherish the opportunity for peace.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Additional reporting by Michael Martina in BEIJING; Editing by Michael Perry)

Pentagon: No planned changes to Korea military exercises .
The Pentagon says there are no plans to change or reduce the scope of the ongoing military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea.&nbsp;Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says the schedule of exercises hasn't changed. She says the annual exercises are long-planned, are defensive in nature and are meant to ensure the readiness of U.S. and South Korean forces.

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