North and South Korea agree to military talks - but not about nukes


WASHINGTON-Vice President Mike Pence will lead the US delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, USA officials said Tuesday.

Tuesday's meeting followed more than a year of accelerated North Korean missile tests, some of them over Japanese territory, and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which prompted a USA -led campaign to toughen United Nations sanctions.

The South Korean delegation, for its part, proposed North Korea send a big delegation and conduct a joint march during the February 9-25 Game's opening and closing ceremonies, Chun, one of the five South Korean negotiators, said.

The Trump administration agreed last week to delay springtime military drills with South Korea until after the Games. It is likely that North Korea will also not conduct any missile and nuclear provocations during the games.

The overall prospect for the negotiations was still unclear. He will lead the USA delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. "That campaign is created to bring Kim Jong Un to the table for meaningful negations".

But he stressed that the aim of sanctions was to bring North Korea to talks, and "stronger sanctions and pressures could further heighten tensions and lead to accidental armed conflicts".

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Analysts say South Korea could find itself in a tight spot, sandwiched between its desire to improve ties with Pyongyang and to work with Washington to denuclearise the North.

Seoul and Olympic organisers have been keen for Pyongyang - which boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in South Korea's capital - to take part in what they have repeatedly proclaimed as a "peace Olympics" in Pyeongchang.

President Moon also tried to both criticize and support the 2015 "Comfort Women" agreement that "finally and irreversibly" resolved all grievances related to Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women.

South Korean liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue as a way to defuse the North Korean nuclear standoff, welcomed Kim's outreach and proposed talks at Panmunjom.

"It is to divide the South Korean government, which wants inter-Korean talks, and the U.S. government, which wants the denuclearisation of the North", it said.

"By receiving funding from the Korean Government the victims will feel more comfortable using that money", he said.