An Update On North Korea

Pompeo: North Korea talks with South Korea not likely to lead to any change on nuclear issue

S. Korea, DPRK to discuss Pyongyang's participation in PyeongChang Olympics during high-level talks

Yonhap News Agency reported Monday, citing a South Korean government source, that Seoul will not demand the deal be renegotiated or totally scrapped, but will urge Tokyo to take certain actions to win greater Korean public acceptance.

South Korea will announce Tuesday its position on a deal with Japan over "comfort women" forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels, the Foreign Ministry said, an agreement meant to "finally and irreversibly" settle the issue when adopted two years ago.

"Basically, the two sides will focus on the Olympics".

Trump had said on Saturday that he was open to talking to Kim.

This photo, taken January 8, 2018, shows Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

These will be the first high-level talks between the 2 countries since December 2015. It will be the first time that the country's top point man on unification and the vice minister are included together in a delegation.

Chang Ung, Pyongyang's sole International Olympic Committee member, said in a meeting with reporters in an airport in Beijing that his country is "likely to participate" in the Winter Games slated for February 9-25, according to foreign news reports.

A veteran negotiator in inter-Korean affairs, he has participated in talks with North Korea since the 1990s, including their last summit in 2007.

"The president has made very clear that were going to do everything we can to do that in a way that doesn't involve military action", Pompeo said, "but has equally made clear that we're not going to stand for allowing Kim Jong Un to hold Los Angeles, or Denver, or NY at risk".

In addition to preparing for the talks, the taskforce is said to be working on a number of ways to increase collaboration between the two Koreas' teams in the games. The North's delegation will cross the border at around 9:30 a.m. and walk to the meeting venue on the South side of Panmunjom. While the upcoming Olympic Games in South Korea will likely come up, so will the north's surprising new power, as the nation's ability to build and launch nuclear warheads has advanced beyond predictions quite quickly.

On July 17, 2016, the South proposed holding military talks on easing border tensions, and a Red Cross meeting to discuss reunions of divided families.

She said the United States is "not letting up on the pressure" to end North Korea's nuclear weapons development and warned, "We can destroy them, too". Ri is known as a close associate of senior Workers' Party official Kim Yong Chol, who Seoul officials believe was behind two attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans.

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