S. Korea's FM to attend Vancouver meeting to discuss NK issues

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South Korea said Saturday that North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes.

The talks, held at the border village of Panmunjom in the Korean Peninsula's heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, were the first face-to-face discussions between the two countries in more than two years.

Something to be wary of is the fact that when the South Korean side proposed holding talks with regard to the denuclearisation of North Korea, a representative of the North Korean side rejected it flatly, saying, "All our weapons, including atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles, are aimed at the United States".

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", Mr Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.

Emphasising the shared ethnicity of the two countries, both also agreed on a policy of continuing senior official-level meetings and sectoral meetings.


The value of Chinese goods exported to North Korea last month fell 23 percent year on year, according to data released Friday by China's General Administration of Customs. All told, trade between the two sides fell nearly 51 percent during the month. He said the USA was open to talks with North Korea under the right circumstances.

Amid a global furore over his reported remarks about "shithole countries" and immigration, Donald Trump faced further controversy on Friday when it was reported that he referred to an intelligence analyst presenting information to him in the Oval Office as a "pretty Korean lady" and suggested she should be part of negotiations with North Korea.

Joseph Yun, the USA special envoy to the six-party talks, told his South Korean counterpart on Friday the talks are being endorsed in Washington, News 1 reported. "They are doing a better job of implementing the U.N. Security Council resolutions".

Next week, the United States and Canada are to host a meeting on the nuclear stand-off with North Korea in Vancouver, bringing together friendly powers from around the world.

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