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South Korea's new government proposes rare military talks with

South Korea's new government proposes rare military talks with South Korea's new government proposes rare military talks with
Melinda Barton | 18 July, 2017, 04:28

The council also said it opposed a military solution to the North Korea problem and kept the door open to dialogue.

It's unclear if North Korea would agree to the proposed talks as it remains suspicious of the South Korean president's overtures, seeing the new leader's more liberal policy as still resorting to the United States to force North Korea to disarm.

South Korea has offered to have military talks with North Korea in order to ease tension across their border and resume the reunion of families separated by their war in the 1950s.

This is puzzling to economists because North Korea has no access to the worldwide financial system, which other countries tap to fund their trade deficits.

Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Sean Spicer, in their supporting roles, and Steven Mnuchin, speaking from his elevated position as USA secretary of the treasury, are tragicomedy personified as they bring us onstage to witness spinning dazzling enough to blind those who can be dazzled by words.

For Xiao Ren, the director of the Centre for the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy at Fudan University, North Korea established the program primarily to safeguard its security.

Then on June 25, 1950, North Korea launched an attack across the 38th parallel, marking the start of the Korean War.

Yet after the collapse of the USSR, North Korea was left destitute and thousands died in a crippling starvation.

Russia's government has other reasons for staking out a different position from Washington on the North Korean question. Trump's appeal to China has only brought forth China leader Xi's comment that he and Trump had built a "close contact". "[T] heir very presence makes the price of potential foreign interference unacceptably high". China has strongly supported Russia's expanded involvement in the Korean peninsula, as many Chinese policymakers are increasingly frustrated with the burdens of supporting a North Korean regime that has publicly criticized Beijing's intentions.

Pyongyang has repeatedly said it refuses to engage in all talks with the South unless Seoul turns over 12 waitresses who defected to the South previous year after leaving a restaurant run by the North in China. Even sanctions, in Russia's view, are unlikely to change the logic behind Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, though they may play some role in freezing testing or further development. Why, Russian analysts ask, do Americans think that tighter economic sanctions will convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear program, the only ironclad defense it has against a US strike? The United States has not signed a peace treaty ending the Korean War, Russians note, and continues to threaten Pyongyang militarily.

Handing such programs to North Korean businessmen working in northeastern China carries the risk of annoying Beijing.

Washington has already frozen the assets of two Chinese nationals and a trading firm, in a decision last month over their suspected business ties to North Korea.

China has seriously carried out United Nations sanctions on North Korea, said Huang. "My bipartisan legislation gives those that now conduct trade with North Korea a clear choice - either do business with this heinous outlaw regime or do business with the world's leading economic and military power".