Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics co-operation

02 January, 2018, 11:19 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • North Koreas King Jong Un with South Koreas President Moon Jae-in

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said in his new year's address today: "We are willing to take necessary measures including to dispatch our delegation" to the Pyeongchang Games which Seoul and organisers have billed as a "peace Olympics".

Two North Korean athletes - pairs figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik - qualified for the Games but the North Korean Olympic Committee missed an October 30 deadline to confirm to the International Skating Union that they would participate.

"To avoid a nuclear conflict and the full-scale deployment of an operational North Korean strategic deterrent force, USA leaders, in concert with South Korea, should redouble efforts to engage North Korea in direct talks and cease any further explicit or implicit threats of military action against the North", he said in an email.

"This year we should focus on mass producing nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles for operational deployment", Kim added.

He said the Olympics would be "a good chance" to show the greatness of the Korean people, CNN reported.

Cho told a media conference he expects the two Koreas to focus on bringing a North Korean delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which begin next month, should the talks be held on January 9.

This, Kim said, was "irreversible with any force", making it impossible for the United States to start a war against North Korea.

South Korean president Moon Jae-In last month proposed delaying Seoul's annual joint military exercises with the U.S. until after the Games. "Officials from the two Koreas may urgently meet to discuss the possibility", Kim said.

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South Korean President Moon Jae In proposed postponing the annual war games until the Olympic and Paralympic games are over, in order to defuse geopolitical tensions and improve ties with the North which sees the joint drills as a rehearsal for war.

"We look forward to candidly discussing interests from both sides face-to-face with North Korea along with the North's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics", Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon told reporters.

Chun Yung-woo, a former South Korean national security adviser, said Seoul should have taken more time before answering.

The U.S. State Department did not respond to a requests for comment on Kim's address, but analysts said it was an attempt to weaken the U.S.

When asked about North Korea's nuclear claims on Sunday night, Trump said only, "We'll see, we'll see".

North Korea, which regularly threatens to destroy the United States, South Korea and Japan, tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile in November, which it said was capable of delivering a warhead to anywhere in the United States.

Still, the president also stressed the need to closely coordinate his country's future steps with its allies and other nations, saying any improvement in inter-Korean ties must work to help resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. We welcome the fact that North Korea strongly hinted at its willingness to improve inter-Korean relations in the New Year.

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