S. Korea proposes high-level dialogue with DPRK on January 9
02 January, 2018, 11:50 | Author: Rolando Keller
On Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivered his 2018 New Year's Day address, as he has done every year since 2013.
Kim said in his speech Monday that North Korea a year ago achieved the historic feat of "completing" its nuclear forces.
'The Winter Olympic games that will be held soon in the South will be a good opportunity to display the status of the Korean nation and we sincerely wish that the event will be held with good results, ' he said. "The U.S. can never start a war against myself and our nation now".
The South Korean president requested the ministries of unification and sports to swiftly create measures to help North Korea participate in the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The tests were the focus of fiery verbal exchanges between the North and U.S. President Donald Trump, who has derisively called Kim, "little rocket man".
The New York Times also reported that Kim's words are merely aimed at alleviating worldwide sanctions and brewing discord between South Korea and the U.S. South Korea and the U.S. share one goal of denuclearizing Pyongyang, . but have different ideas on how to achieve it. President Moon Jae-in wants talks and negotiations, . while U.S. President Donald Trump continues to emphasize sanctions and pressure.
But in a rare move the dictator tempered his bellicose rhetoric with the suggestion he may send a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics when they are held in South Korea.
He said the North and South could meet urgently to discuss the North sending a delegation.
S. Korea proposes high-level dialogue with DPRK on January 9
The sanctions on North Korea were imposed past year after it carried out a series of tests of ballistics missiles that could be armed with a nuclear warhead and underground nuclear weapons tests.
The light-grey suit and matching tie North Korea's Kim Jong Un donned for his New Year's address was likely carefully calculated to project a softer, more relaxed image to go with his surprise offer for talks with Seoul, analysts said on Tuesday.
For their part, the South Koreans have been eager to obtain assurances from both Pyongyang and Washington that the games in Pyeongchang, a scant 50 miles from the demilitarized zone, won't be marred by heightened tensions or the outbreak of war.
South Korea said it welcomed Kim's offer.
Analysts say Kim may be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its ally Washington as a way to ease global isolation and sanctions against North Korea.
His annual speech serves as a indication of his priorities for 2018.
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