South Korea offers military talks with North Korea

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 19, 2017

The government of South Korean President Moon Jae-In has made its first formal overture to North Korea, proposing direct military talks between Seoul and Pyongyang.

The United States, South Korea's main ally, which has been trying to rally global support for tougher sanctions on North Korea, appeared cool to the proposal, recalling President Donald Trump's statements that conditions must be right for dialogue.

Moon's proposal for talks with North Korea also builds on a lesson from history to not let problems fester. The short period of time between today's proposal and the talks themselves may well be created to get a quick commitment, as well as to get the talks in process before the United States can do anything to derail them. During that period, two liberal South Korean presidents went to Pyongyang and held landmark summit talks with then-leader Kim Jong Il, the father of current North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.

Murkowksi says the USA has not taken enough action against North Korea.

European Union member states agreed Monday to consider imposing new sanctions on North Korea after it tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. Neither did President Trump, who has pursued a more hawkish policy toward North Korea and promised "very severe things" in response to recent long-range missile tests. "We are seeing progress there but a lot more has to be done", Johnson told reporters as he arrived for the talks with his counterparts.

US and South Korean forces fire off missiles from the South's Hyunmu-2 Missile System and the US M20 Multiple Launch Rocket System.

The proposed dialogue would be aimed at decreasing the tensions in the region. Tongilgak is a North Korean building at the Panmunjom truce village on the border used for previous inter-Korea talks, with the last talks being held in December 2015.

According to Kang, prices stabilized after the sharp spikes through the first week of July, likely because North Korea encouraged fuel smuggling across its border with China. "It's not like, oh, gee, you just do whatever we say", Trump said.

Family Research Council Senior Fellow for National Security Bob Maginnis contends that any strike to take out North Korean nuclear missiles is problematic because the South Korean capital of Seoul, with 20 million people - including 300,000 Americans - is in range of North Korean artillery.

If North Korea chose to use these weapons, they could cause huge damage in a short amount of time. North Korea is seen as worrying that doing so could open the country to influence from more affluent South Korea and threaten the ruling party's grip on power.

In March, the US Treasury levelled new sanctions against the Myanmar army's procurement body, the Directorate of Defence Industries (DDI), under the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act Sanctions. However, North Korea is not wavering from its stand.

"We will adopt a strong UNSC resolution to impose additional sanctions on North Korea, and do not want compromised resolutions", Haley emphasized, indicating that the USA will not tolerate a lower level of sanctions due to opposition from China and Russian Federation.

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