Published: Sat, March 24, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

North Korea and South Korea to talk next week

North Korea and South Korea to talk next week

North Korea broke its silence March 21, 2018, on its surprise peace overtures, including a tentative summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, while denying that USA pressure led to the breakthrough.

Moon said negotiations were continuing ahead of the "historic talks" planned for next month with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

North Korea had been silent on the proposed Trump-Kim summit since Trump agreed to the talks on March 8, 2018.

Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea's committee for the peaceful reunification of the country, will lead the North's delegation.

The March 29 talks will precede musical performances in Pyongyang in early April by a group of South Korean singers making a reciprocal visit after the North sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

"While serving as undersecretary of state, Bolton gained a great deal of knowledge about Korean Peninsula issues, and most of all, he is an adviser trusted by President Trump", the official was quoted as saying by the Yonhap News Agency. Kim also offered to meet personally with President Donald Trump to discuss giving up his nuclear weapons on unspecified terms, and Trump quickly agreed to meet Kim by the end of May.

The government said that North Korea will cover the costs of the South Korean team's stay. The stronger the USA pressure, the stronger the DPRK (North Korea)... But there had been no official word from Pyongyang.

The North Korean leader, Kim reportedly understands that the drill needs to be continued.

The exercises are to run in conjunction with computer-simulated Key Resolve tabletop drills being held for two weeks in mid-April, according to a South Korean military official.

The President is expected to meet with Kim in April, the first time the North Korean leader has publicly met with a foreign head of state.

Among the six North Korean delegates was senior diplomat Choe Kang Il, who handles North American affairs for his government, while the US delegation is believed to have included Kathleen Stephens, the former USA ambassador to South Korea.

As diplomats scurry to arrange the North-South talks as well as the proposed Trump-Kim meeting, the North's silence has raised concerns over its intentions.

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