Seoul must heed U.S. concerns while talking to North Korea

Seoul must heed U.S. concerns while talking to North Korea

Direct defections across the heavily guarded Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean peninsula are very rare, but this year there have been four, including a dramatic dash under a hail of bullets by a Northern soldier in November. "The only tactic of the U.S.in this regard is to pile as much pressure on North Korea as possible, regardless of the possibility of going to war", the official Chinese Communist Party publication continued.

Spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said he expects the two Koreas to exchange messages to determine who would head each other's delegations and other issues. "He understands that. At the same time, if we can come up with a very peaceful and very good solution, we're working on it. with a lot of people".

The politician pointed out that it is still unclear whether North Korea has the full nuclear arsenal it claims to have.

North Korea has yet to respond to the South Korean proposal, leaving some uncertainty as to the agenda and the venue of the talks.

However, if North Korea did not stop their nuclear program, then the United States should then immediately and aggressively assist South Korea and Japan with a complete and full nuclear arsenal capable of totally annihilating any aggressor.

"Look, right now they're talking Olympics". The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be held from February 9th to the 25th, and the Paralympics will be held from March 9th to the 18th, which would have overlapped with the biggest of the joint exercises that are held each spring, known as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, which involve more than 300-thousand USA and South Korean soldiers. According to the South Korean Presidential Blue House, the two leaders agreed to collaborate in ensuring the success of the games, and to delay planned drills to enable the two nations' militaries to focus on safeguarding security in the region during the games, reported the Korea Herald.

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In a phone call earlier in the day, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to postpone the allies' annual military exercises until after the games.

He told reporters Friday that Japan would "take all steps necessary", including cooperating with China and Russian Federation, to step up pressure on North Korea so it will give up its nuclear weapons and missile development policies.

He said: "First of all, we don't even really know that you have missiles and nuclear weapons that you suggest you have".

The U.S. described the move to put off its annual drill with South Korea as an effort to "de-conflict" the military exercise and the Winter Games, allowing Moon to "focus on ensuring the security" of the Olympics, due to start February 9.

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