Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

North, South Korea to meet for talks Tuesday

North, South Korea to meet for talks Tuesday

The drills, relatively common between the two countries' armed forces, have repeatedly angered North Korea, which seems them as an act of aggression.

It was a response to Kim's New Year's speech in which the young leader warned the United States that he has a nuclear button on his desk at all times.

But Trump's ambassador to the United Nations insisted that talks won't be meaningful unless the North is getting rid of its nuclear weapons. This time, South Korea asked whether they had any news.

US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's fiery tweets at North Korea, saying the commander-in-chief's clear messaging helped increase pressure on the regime over its nuclear weapons program.

Mr Trump took credit for brokering the talks on Twitter, however.

"Does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total "might" against the North", Trump tweeted.

A visitor takes picture in front of ribbons wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas.

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"The fact that South Korea wants to talk to North Korea, hopefully with China chairing the meeting, is a good sign", Armstrong added.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang welcomed North and South Korea "taking positive steps to improve ties", and said the postponement of the military exercises was "without doubt a good thing".

The Commerce Ministry said Beijing would limit exports of crude oil and refined petroleum to the North and ban outright sales of steel and industrial machinery.

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera sounded a note of caution about the proposed talks.

The rival Koreas are seeking to improve their strained ties after a period of rising tension over the North's push to expand its nuclear and missile arsenals, but the US and its allies are making it clear that while the military drills are on hold, pressure on North Korea won't let up.

Ms Haley said at a news conference at the United Nations, however, that the U.S. "won't take any [inter-Korean] talks seriously" unless Pyongyang bans all its nuclear weapons and testing.

South Korea's defense ministry has said it had yet to see any evidence of an imminent missile launch. North Korea then called again on Wednesday a few hours later proposing to "call it a day", according to a South Korean ministry official, quoted in the country's news agency Yonhap.

Commercial satellite imagery from December 25 showed a rail-mounted environment shelter had been moved away from a test stand, indicating that an engine test may be in the near future, the website said, rather than a new rocket launch suspected in recent media reports.

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