US News North Korea Has Accepted the South's Offer For Talks Next Week

05:40  05 january  2018
05:40  05 january  2018 Source:   time.com

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Seoul, Jan 5: North Korea has accepted South Korea ’ s offer for talks next week , according to Seoul’ s unification ministry, which oversees relations with Pyongyang accepted the offer two days after North Korea opened its hotline to South Korea for the first time in almost two years.

SEOUL: Nuclear-armed North Korea on Friday accepted the South ' s offer of talks next week , said Seoul's Unification ministry, which oversees relations with Pyongyang.

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Nuclear-armed North Korea on Friday accepted the South ' s offer of talks next week , said Seoul's Unification ministry, which oversees relations with Pyongyang.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea will hold official talks next week for the first time in more than two years after Pyongyang accepted Seoul' s offer for dialogue, just hours after the United The South ' s unification ministry said North Korea had sent its consent for the talks to be held on Jan.

(SEOUL) — The rival Koreas agreed Friday to revive their first formal dialogue in more than two years next week to find ways to cooperate on the upcoming Winter Olympics in the South, a sign of easing animosities that followed a period of rising nuclear tension that saw fears of war on the Korean Peninsula.

The announcement by Seoul’s Unification Ministry came hours after the United States said it has agreed to delay annual joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics. The exercises have been a major source of tension because North Korea considers them an invasion rehearsal, although South Korea and the United States have repeatedly said the drills are defensive in nature.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year's speech at an undisclosed location in North Korea, seen in a photo released on Jan. 1, 2018. © KCNA/KNS/AFP/Getty Images North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year's speech at an undisclosed location in North Korea, seen in a photo released on Jan. 1, 2018. On Friday morning, North Korea sent a message saying it would accept South Korea’s offer to meet at the border village of Panmunjom next Tuesday to discuss Olympic cooperation and how to improve overall ties, according to South Korea’s Unification Ministry.

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Seoul, Jan 5 (AFP) Nuclear-armed North Korea today accepted the South ’ s offer of talks next week , said Seoul’s Unification ministry, which oversees relations with Pyongyang.

Nuclear-armed North Korea has accepted the South ' s offer of talks next week , said Seoul's Unification ministry, which oversees relations with Pyongyang. The meeting will take place in Panmunjom, the truce village in the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone that divides the peninsula.

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.

Any dialogue between the Koreas is considered a positive step toward easing confrontations. But critics say the North’s abrupt push for improving ties may be a tactic to divide Seoul and Washington and weaken international pressure and sanctions on Pyongyang.

Despite his recent outreach to the South, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in his New Year’s Day address that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk to fire atomic weapons at the United States. President Donald Trump quickly responded that he had a nuclear button of his own.

Past breakthroughs to ease Korean tensions have often ended with renewed animosities. It’s likely the North will agree to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics and refrain from provocations during the Games. But tensions could return afterward because the North has no intentions of abandoning its weapons programs and the U.S. will not ease its pressure on the country, analysts say.

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