After South Korean envoys met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for 4-hour dinner. Seoul hails it saying Pyongyang is already for talks over their nuclear programme. But US still cautious over that.
The US president Donald Trump said “the statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive”, but also said it might be a “false hope”.
South Korea earlier said the subject was raised when its officials met the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, on Monday.
Seoul said Mr Kim was also open to US talks, and would pause weapons testing.
Speaking to reporters at Washington’s Oval Office, he said: “We have come certainly a long way, at least rhetorically, with North Korea.
“The statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive. That would be a great thing for the world.”
North Korea says:
The North’s KCNA news agency said Mr Kim had “warmly welcomed” the delegates and held an “openhearted talk” with them.
It said the dinner took place “in a warm atmosphere overflowing with compatriotic feelings”.
South Korea and North Korea has agreed to hold a summit between Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in in April for that.
After UN’ Security Council approves a resolution with more sanctions to North Korea in cause of their nuclear programme. Pyongyang’s envoy to UN has accused Washington of opting for “political, economic and military confrontation”.
US President Donald Trump said the move was nothing compared to what would have to happen to deal with North Korea.
The UN sanctions are an attempt to starve the country of fuel and income for its weapons programmes.
The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports, and were approved after North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month.
Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN, said he “categorically rejected” what he called an “illegal resolution”.
North Korea threatens US with a greatest pain.
Conclusion: The world isn’t calm with North Korea and US fights for nothing.
US has announced a new approach to North Korea with tighten sanctions it. The use of THAAD in South Korea is confirmed by US Pacific Commander during a briefing on Senate earlier today.
“The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” said a joint statement issued by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
The use of Defence Missile system in South Korea was criticised by China. Therefore, US is go ahead with it.
Conclusion: More troubles ahead.
North Korea has launched 4 balistic missiles on Monday. US and South Korea has started to deploy Thaad’s missile defence system after that. Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister spokesman has opposed it and said on Tuesday that China opposed the deployment and would “resolutely take necessary measures to defend our own security interests”.
A few moments ago. North Korea has announced its submarine has fired a ballistic missile KN-11 in the coast of Sinpo on Sea of Japan.
The KN-11 missile was launched off the coast of Sinpo and flew about 500km (300 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan, a US official said.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said the missile had fallen inside Japan’s Air Defence Identification Zone.
The reported test follows an attempted launch last month that South Korea said failed in its initial flight stage.
It took place as foreign ministers from Japan, China and South Korea were meeting in Tokyo.
Conclusion: More troubles for silent leader Kim Jong-Un.
North Korea has another problem. The deputy-ambassador in London, Thae Yong Ho, has defected to another country according to BBC. Thae and his family had disappeared for several weeks in their home in London.
Neither the UK’s Foreign Office nor the embassy has commented.
“A DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] diplomat in London is going through procedures to seek asylum in a third country,” a report in the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo said.
“The DPRK Embassy made belated attempts to figure out the diplomat’s whereabouts, but has failed,” the paper’s report added, citing an anonymous source.
The paper said that in this context “a third country” means one that is neither North nor South Korea.
Conclusion: Thae is so tired to upheld the silent leader Kim Jong-un.
US and South Korea has reached a deal to deploy a missile defence system called THAAD. The purposes is protect that countries from North Korea’s missiles.
China, which has consistently opposed the plan, lodged a protest with the US and South Korean envoys.
China’s foreign ministry said that the THAAD system will harm peace and stability in the region, despite its ability to detect and shoot down North Korean missiles.
“China expresses strong dissatisfaction and resolute objection to this”, it said in a statement on its website.
Conclusion: More troubles for Pyongyang and Beijing.