Don't Talk to Kim if Nukes Are Off the Table


Pence, who was in Pyeongchang for the opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics, met Saturday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea-North Korea's Alpine skiing coach says it's an "honor" to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, though he doesn't expect much from any of his athletes.

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong Un, "courteously" handed over a personal letter from the North Korean leader to Moon during talks on Saturday and also told Moon of her brother's "intention", KCNA said, without elaborating on what that was. "In the days before the Olympics, all the news was about Kim, not South Korea", she said. "So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify".

A visit by Moon to the North would enable the first summit between leaders from the two Koreas since 2007, and would mark only the third inter-Korean summit to take place.

South Korea said it will seek ways to continue engaging North Korea, including trying to arrange more reunions for families divided by the war and lowering military tensions. "Moon should be aware that he has to urge denuclearisation to North Korea by himself, not depending on dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea", the Yomiuri newspaper said in an editorial.

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North Korea defends its weapons programs as essential to counter US aggression, saying regular war drills between the United States and the South are preparations for invasion.

The North Korean leader shows no sign of budging on his nuclear program, having conducted four nuclear tests since he took power in 2012 and nearly perfecting an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. The South hosts 28,500 USA troops, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean war.

He was seen avoiding direct contact with Kim Yo-jong and other members of the North Korean delegation in PyeongChang.

What did seem clear was that, deliberately or not, the North Korean government had managed to edge its way onto center stage during the South's biggest global moment in years.

Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom cited Moon as replying: "Let's create the environment for that to be able to happen".

It's still not known when the meeting could happen, but some analysts suggest a good guess is August 15, the day the Korean peninsula was liberated from the Japanese army in 1945, marked by both Koreas as a national holiday.