High-level inter-Korean talks to be held

24 March, 2018, 12:29 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • North Korea has long been angered by joint military exercises between the two countries

North Korea on Saturday agreed to hold high-level talks next week with Seoul to discuss logistics for a rare inter-Korean summit, the South's Unification Ministry said.

People watch a TV screen showing images of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Seoul Railway Station.

Photo South Korean soldiers in Panmunjom, the so-called truce village that straddles the border with the North. Officials from both Koreas will meet there on Thursday, the South said.

A South Korean advance team to North Korea is expected to inspect venues for a Seoul art troupe's April concerts in Pyongyang on Friday and return home as scheduled over the weekend, a government official said.

Finland says delegates from North and South Korea and the United States have concluded "constructive" unofficial diplomatic talks in the Nordic country that were widely believed to have focused on laying the groundwork for an upcoming meeting between the Koreas and a planned U.S. It criticized current and former officials and experts in the USA and Japan, along with conservatives in South Korea, for suggesting Pyongyang is feeling the sting of increasingly tough sanctions.

"Also ready to help is a group of North Korean defectors that we met on a recent trip to Asia", reported FEBC.

Concerts featuring South Korean performers in North Korea next month have been titled, "Spring Comes".

North and South Korea agreed Saturday to hold high-level talks next week to prepare for a summit between their two leaders, according to the South's presidential office. This became soon evident when the USA administration described the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's nuclear and missile threat as "imminent" and "alarming, ' with the then Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson highlighting the end of U.S. policy of 'strategic patience" during his visit to this region.

The planned summit between Moon and Kim will be preceded by performances of South Korean pop singers in Pyongyang on April 1, followed by a joint performance with North Korean artists on April 3. Economic sanctions too have shown a huge impact on the Kim regime' behaviour, with even China, a close friend of North Korea, announcing on February 18 the suspension of coal imports from the DPRK.

Trump also traded threats and personal insults with Kim, calling him "little rocket man" and at one point threatening to "totally destroy North Korea" I needed to defend the United States and its allies.



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