Outside View: Proposed Korea talks should unite allies

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First of all, Pyongyang should show its sincerity in its peace overture by its leader Kim Jong-un, who offered in his New Year address to hold a meeting to discuss the North's potential participation in the Winter Games to be held February 9 to 25 in the South. But South Korea and the United States has maintained that the exercises were defensive in nature.

There is no doubt the South needs close consultation and cooperation with the U.S.to make the inter-Korean talks a success in the face of the North Korean nuclear standoff.

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"President Moon (Jae-in) called me and we had a great discussion a couple of days ago, and he thanked me very much, and I hope it works out. At the appropriate time, we'll get involved". This move will undoubtedly send a message to the North that the USA and South Korea maintain a strong alliance regardless of any North Korean attempts to undermine it. That's why Moon and Trump agreed to continue the campaign of maximum pressure against North Korea and to not repeat mistakes of the past.

Dr. Go Myong-Hyun, Research Fellow at The ASAN Institute for Policy Studies said Kim's willingness for dialogue is a temporary plan built out of desperation: "North Korea is engaging in a tactical move with South Korea for two main reasons: to avoid a preemptive attack from the United States, and to mitigate crippling sanctions imposed on the country by the USA".


"Sure, I always believe in talking", he said.

A commentary Sunday published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang described improved ties with Seoul as a "crucial matter", departing from its usually dismissive tone toward the South.

The comments by Chang Ung, Pyongyang's representative to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), come a day after the North and South agreed to hold rare talks next week and follow Seoul and Washington's announcement that they would postpone joint military exercises that rile North Korea.

Still, both the US and South Korea want no disruptions during the Olympics in Pyeongchang, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas. At Moon's request, Trump delayed annual joint US-South Korean military exercises-long a source of consternation to the North-until after the Paralympic Games conclude on 18 March. "I evaluate this change highly", Abe said, adding that the regime must "abandon its nuclear weapons and missiles" program. He has indicated he is open to many different options, including military strikes on North Korea's launch capabilities. North Korea has yet to respond to the South Korean proposal, leaving some uncertainty as to the agenda and the venue of the talks. "Talks for the sake of talks are meaningless".

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