Politics Washington Is Willing to Talk With North Korea, the South’s President Says

17:06  13 february  2018
17:06  13 february  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

US won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea

  US won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday. Washington has previously said it won't seek to initiate contact with North Koreans attending the South Korean games, but it does want talks with Kim Jong-Un in an effort to get him to abandon his nuclear program.Asked during a visit to Peru whether Pence might accept an invitation to meet the North Korea delegation, Tillerson – who is pushing for a diplomatic solution to the crisis – would not rule it out.

SEOUL, South Korea — American officials told South Korea ’ s president they were willing to hold direct negotiations with North Korea , a spokesman Some analysts said North Korea would never give up its nuclear weapons, and that it would use any future talks with Washington to be accepted

This window of opportunity was born out of a new understanding reached between the White House and the president of South Korea . Trump himself has said he sees nothing wrong with talking with the North Koreans per se.

a group of people that are talking to each other: President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, center, with the North Korean official Kim Yong-nam and Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North’s leader Kim Jong-un, after a performance by a North Korean orchestra in Seoul on Sunday.© Bae Jae-Man/Yonhap, via Associated Press President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, center, with the North Korean official Kim Yong-nam and Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North’s leader Kim Jong-un, after a performance by a North Korean orchestra in Seoul on Sunday.

SEOUL, South Korea — American officials told South Korea’s president they were willing to hold direct negotiations with North Korea, a spokesman for President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday, indicating a shift in the Trump administration’s policy.

The statement came just days after Vice President Mike Pence visited Pyeongchang, South Korea, which is hosting the Winter Olympics, and met with Mr. Moon. Since the vice president’s departure on Saturday, reports of an understanding between Washington and Seoul on the possibility of dialogue have appeared in the news media, but South Korean officials would not confirm them until Tuesday.

Pence says 'no daylight' between allies on North Korea

  Pence says 'no daylight' between allies on North Korea Vice President Mike Pence told reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday that there is "no daylight" between the United States, South Korea and Japan in their stances on North Korea after a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics that saw him and South Korean President Moon Jae-in take different positions on the presence of a North Korean delegation. Load Error "There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program," Pence said, adding that he was "encouraged" by his talks with the

( WASHINGTON ) — Vice President Mike Pence has declared the U. S . is open for talks without preconditions with nuclear North Korea . But diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang won’t start unless Kim Jong Un wants it to. While the North Korean dictator has invited the South Korean

Three months ago, Donald Trump told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson he was "wasting his time" by suggesting the US was willing to talk to North Korea . Trump says he would talk with Kim Jong Un 00:59. Story highlights. The President is offering to open dialogue when it' s "appropriate".

“The United States too looks positively at South-North Korean dialogue and has expressed its willingness to start dialogue with the North,” Mr. Moon’s spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom, told reporters.

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Dialogue with the North has been used by successive American administrations as a carrot — paired with the stick of sanctions — in the hopes of getting the isolated nation to end its nuclear weapons program. Until recently, Trump administration officials insisted no such meetings would take place until the North had first taken steps toward disarmament.

President Trump recently described Mr. Moon’s overtures to the North Koreans as “appeasement.” And when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in December that the United States was willing to hold a “meeting without precondition,” the White House insisted his comments were premature.

Pence raises prospect of U.S. talks with North Korea: Washington Post

  Pence raises prospect of U.S. talks with North Korea: Washington Post The United States and South Korea have agreed on terms for further diplomatic engagement with North Korea, first with Seoul and then possibly leading to direct talks with Washington without pre-conditions, Vice President Mike Pence said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday. Load Error Speaking to the Washington Post aboard Air Force Two on his way home from the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Pence – who avoided any direct contact with North Korean officials attending the Games – said Washington would keep up its “maximum pressure campaign” against Pyongyang but would be open to possible talks at the same time.

Yet after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Pence said the U. S . is now willing to sit down for diplomatic talks with North Korea , telling the Washington Post that the strategy is “maximum pressure and engagement at the same time.”

“The president ’ s views on North Korea have not changed,” the White House said . “ North Korea is acting in an unsafe way While reiterating Washington ’ s long-standing position that it cannot tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea , Tillerson said the United States was “ready to talk any time

But in an interview with The Washington Post after he left South Korea, Mr. Pence suggested that the United States was open to a meeting, even indicating that it would enter talks without preconditions.

“So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify,” Mr. Pence said of the punishing sanctions imposed on the North by the United Nations. “But if you want to talk, we’ll talk.”

Agreeing to talks before the North Koreans have demonstrated a willingness to dismantle their weapons program would be a subtle but potentially significant shift in Washington’s approach, and a win for Mr. Moon, who has hoped to bring North Korea and the United States to the negotiating table.

Vice President Mike Pence and South Korean President Moon Jae-in attend the women's 500 meters short-track speedskating at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, on Saturday.© Bernat Armangue Vice President Mike Pence and South Korean President Moon Jae-in attend the women's 500 meters short-track speedskating at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, on Saturday. When Mr. Pence and Mr. Moon met last week, the allies apparently found common ground: They would agree to talks without set rules, but they will continue to use sanctions as leverage.

Mattis: North Korea isn't driving a wedge between US and South Korea

  Mattis: North Korea isn't driving a wedge between US and South Korea Defense Secretary James Mattis on Sunday quashed concerns that a recent rapprochement between North and South Korea was driving a wedge between the U.S. and its ally Seoul. "I know that people are watching for a wedge between South Korea, Republic of Korea, in other words, and the United States. There's no wedge there," Mattis told reporters aboard a plane flying into Rome.

Trump meets with South Korea and Japan to talk North Korea . South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday he is willing to meet with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un amid heightened tensions in the wake of Pyongyang’ s first intercontinental ballistic missile test-launch.

South Korea ’ s President Moon Jae-in says he would be willing to hold talks with North Korea ’ s leader Kim Jong-un under the right conditions. In Washington , U. S . President Donald Trump agreed during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

“President Moon and I reflected last night on the need to do something fundamentally different,” Mr. Pence told reporters on Friday after meeting with the South Korean leader.

The allies, he said, would demand “at the outset of any new dialogue or negotiations” that North Korea “put denuclearization on the table and take concrete steps with the world community to dismantle, permanently and irreversibly, their nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

“Then, and only then, will the world community consider negotiating and making changes in the sanctions regime that’s placed on them today,” Mr. Pence said.

During Mr. Pence’s trip to South Korea, Kim Yo-jong, the sister and special envoy of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, also visited the South as part of an Olympic delegation. She extended an invitation from her brother to Mr. Moon for a summit meeting in North Korea.

Mr. Moon, who invited athletes from the North to participate in the Olympics — where they marched with South Korean athletes under a united Korean flag during the opening ceremony — has seen the Games as an important step toward promoting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Tillerson says it's 'up to North Korea' to engage in talks with US

  Tillerson says it's 'up to North Korea' to engage in talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday it will be "up to North Korea" to decide when it is ready to engage in serious and meaningful diplomatic talks with the US. Tillerson was reacting to Vice President Mike Pence's remarks to the Washington Post on Sunday that the Trump administration is now willing to sit down and talk with North Korea."As to the vice president's comments about potentially having talks and whether it's the start of a diplomatic process, I think it's too early to judge.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said North Korea ’ s participation would ensure the safety of the Olympics and proposed last month that Seoul and Washington postpone large military drills that the North denounces as a rehearsal for war until after the Games.

“The president ’ s views on North Korea have not changed,” the White House said . “ North Korea is acting in an unsafe way While reiterating Washington ’ s long-standing position that it cannot tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea , Tillerson said the United States was “ready to talk any time

If Mr. Pence’s comments reflect official White House policy, it could mean that the Trump administration has been heartened by a lull in North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests in recent weeks and an emerging détente between the two Koreas.

North Korea has not conducted any major weapons tests since Nov. 29, when it launched an intercontinental ballistic missile powerful enough to reach the mainland United States.

Even if talks start between North Korea and United States, the gap between the countries remains wide.

North Korea has said that it would not bargain away its weapons, and would only discuss mutual arms reduction.

Some analysts said North Korea would never give up its nuclear weapons, and that it would use any future talks with Washington to be accepted as a nuclear power and win large economic concessions, in return for agreeing not to advance its nuclear weapons program any further.

Other analysts believe the North is willing to talk because it desperately wants to find a way to ease the sanctions that have taken a toll on its economy.

North Korea to send high-level delegation to Olympics closing ceremony .
North Korea is sending a high-level delegation to South Korea for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony this Sunday, South Korean officials have confirmed. Kim Yong Chol, Vice Chairman of the Party Central Committee, will lead the delegation that's due to arrive by rail hours before the ceremony starts, according to a statement Thursday from the South's Ministry of Unification.Kim, will be joined by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the "Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the country" and six support staff.

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