The United States and South Korea have agreed to terms regarding further diplomatic engagement with North Korea, according to USA vice president Mike Pence who said that talks between Seoul and Pyongyang could eventually link Washington with the rogue nation.
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According to The Telegraph, Pence assured that "both of us reiterated to each other tonight that we will continue to stand strong and work in a coordinated way to bring maximum economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on North Korea". "But if you want to talk, we'll talk".
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So I think that makes it less likely that we will see a direct improvement of North Korea-US relations in the near-term future.
"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate". Moon would irritate Trump if he accepts the invitation, while declining would make the US and South Korea appear "unreasonably bellicose", he said.
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When asked about Pence's remarks to the Washington Post of a possible diplomatic opening between the two countries, the source said North Korea remains skeptical given that he appears to have spoken on his own, without co-ordination from the White House and State Department. Bloomberg has reported that the meeting which took place in the Presidential Palace was attended by the sister of the North Korean Dictator Kim Yo-Jong. We're less than an hours drive from Seoul.
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Past "charm offensives" have been interpreted as North Korea trying to recoup from crippling sanctions on their nuclear program, or trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its USA ally. Notably, Pence refused to acknowledge the presence of the North Korean delegation, a reflection of the hard stance the USA was taking against Pyongyang.
The North's invitation, Manning said, apparently puts Seoul in a hard position, where it needs to prove its efforts will bear fruit.
The high-level delegation - which also included Chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee Choe Hwi and chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) Ri Son Gwon - wrapped up a three-day visit to the South on Sunday.
By "snubbing" the North Korean delegation, Pence made himself and his treatment of the North Koreans the story.
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Seating plans shown on television had Pence seated directly opposite the North's Kim Yong Nam at the reception in Pyeongchang . The liberal Mr Moon is keen to improve inter-Korean ties, even at the risk of jeopardising relations with the U.S. and Japan.