Despite Walking Slow, South Korean Olympic Diplomacy Reaches Progress

South Korea continues to push the process of peace through the Olympics, amid criticism that North Korea is only following the process to ease economic sanctions without stopping its nuclear weapons program.

South Korea's continuing South Moon Jae-in easing tensions with North Korea helping to secure North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea and a lull in Pyongyang's provocative nuclear missile and nuclear test.

In a joint reconciliation attitude, North Korea and South Korea Olympic delegates march together under a special unification flag in Friday's opening ceremony. Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also to South Korea to attend the Olympics. He was the first member of Kim's ruling family to visit South Korea since the split of Korea at the end of World War II. During a meeting with Moon, Kim presented an invitation to the South Korean president to visit Pyongyang for a summit of leaders.

There were previously only two summits between North and South Korean leaders. The most recent one lasted more than a decade ago, in 2007. Kim Jong-un, who came to power in 2011, has never met a foreign head of state.

On Tuesday, Kim Jong-un said he wanted to encourage "climate reconciliation and warm dialogue "with South Korea following the successful visits of North Korea's North Korean delegation, the North Korean state media.

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The easing of tensions between the two Koreas is a direct result of President Moon's ongoing diplomatic efforts and indicates Kim Jong Un's willingness to respond to a constructive relationship, said John Delury, a North Korean analyst at Seoul's Yonsei University.

But those skeptical declared Pyongyang's openness to dialogue a deceptive tactic. According to them, North Korea's cooperation in the Olympics is intended to undermine America's "maximum pressure" policy to force North Korea to change its behavior with enhanced economic sanctions and the threat of military power, without giving meaningful concessions to end its nuclear program. [uh]

Diplomacy Becomes Center of Attention at the Pyeongchang Olympics

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Saturday (10/2), featured the first match of a joint North Korea-South Korea ice hockey team, as diplomacy took center stage at the start of the Games.

2018 Winter Olympics officially begins Friday with a parade of athletes entering the Olympic stadium, including athletes from North and South Korea marching behind Korean blue and white unification flags.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday ( 10/2) met with North Korean delegates including Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim Yo-jong was the first member of the North Korean ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950 Korean War -1953

He is a senior member of the ruling Workers Party in North Korea and the main adviser of Kim Jong-un.

Read: North Korean Delegation Arrives to Attend Opening of Olim Kim Yo-jong and his entourage, including Kim Yong-nam, head of North Korea's ceremonial state, attended the opening ceremony on Friday (9/2) and are expected to stay in South Korea until Sunday ( 10/2). [as/al]

Diplomacy of Kimchi and Soju at South Korea and North Korea Meeting





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 South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a meeting with North Korean ceremonial head Kim Yong Nam and Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong.

The historic meeting took place at the presidential palace of South Korea or the Blue House in Seoul on this Saturday. In the television show seen President Moon with his smile, shaking hands with the two important figures of North Korea before starting their official talks. With his arrival in the framework of this Winter Olympics, Kim Yong Nam is the highest official of North Korea who ever visited South Korea.

In the meeting continued with the luncheon, as reported by news agency AFP Saturday (10 / 2/2018), served kimchi dishes, traditional Korean food which is a kind of fried pickled spicy fermented vegetables, as well as soju drinks, Korean beverages.

Not yet known what is discussed in the meeting. Previously, there was speculation that Kim's sister would deliver a private message from her brother during the meeting.

Last year, tensions between the two Koreas increased as Pyongyang's nuclear tests and Pyongyang missiles called reaching the mainland of the United States. Tensions escalate with the threat of war and mutilation thrown by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump

Earlier, US Vice President Mike Pence was also present at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday (9/2). local, did not interact with any North Korean delegation, including not shaking hands. This is different from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country is also often threatened by North Korea. Abe shook hands with Kim Yong Nam and seemed to be talking to him.

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US Secretary of State Expects Diplomacy to Prevent North Korea's Nuclear Threats

Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson on Tuesday showed a different tone regarding North Korea. He said that America is ready to hold its first meeting with Pyongyang "without pre-requisites." But the US diplomat chief also said there needs to be a quiet period, with no nuclear tests and additional missiles before the talks can begin in earnest.

Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson seems to revive hope for a diplomatic solution to the impasse with North Korea over the country's nuclear program and missile tests. The statement was made in a speech at a forum on Korea at the Atlantic Council, a research institute in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

"We are ready to talk whenever North Korea wants to speak, and we are ready to hold the first meeting without prerequisites. we meet and let's talk about anything if we want We can talk about the preferred form of meeting, "said Rex Tillerson.

North Korea has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests in recent months, including in late November Pyongyang claims that the American mainland is now within range of its missiles, raising fears of a possible nuclear war disaster on the Korean peninsula Tillerson said that talks can only begin once the missile test is halted.

"If there is a requirement for talks then it is worth noting that it will be difficult talking, if in the middle of the conversation they decide to mengu ji try another device; it would be difficult to negotiate if in the middle of the conversation, they decided to fire the missiles again. So, I think they clearly understand that if we are going to speak, we must have a quiet period, "he explained.

Although he chose what he called" peaceful pressure, "Tillerson said that harsh sanctions and other acts could only succeed because the American military is fully prepared to act if diplomacy fails. He also acknowledged that China has taken steps to prepare for the entry of North Korean refugee masses in the event of "instability" in North Korea.

For years, China's policy towards North Korea has been prioritized to maintain stability in the country. Beijing fears the collapse of the Pyongyang regime will lead to the entry of North Korean refugees. Media reports say China's Changbai District government is now building refugee camps in preparation for North Korean migrants fleeing the possibility of a crisis on the Korean peninsula.

Hours after Tillerson's Foreign Minister's statement put aside the offer of talks without pre-conditions

"The President's view of North Korea has not changed," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "North Korea acts rashly not only against Japan, China and South Korea but also for the whole world North Korea's actions are bad for any country and certainly not good for North Korea," he added.

At United Nations -Bangsa, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told reporters that his visit to Pyongyang last week was "constructive and productive."

He met Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Foreign Minister Mr. Myong Guk Feltman that he did not ask for a meeting with Kim Jong-un.

Feltman said that he urged them to signal Pyongyang's readiness to consider willingness to discuss possible negotiations but did not get commitment from those North Korean officials. [lt/uh]