Thursday, 24 January, 2019

North Korea May Seek Peace Treaty to Formally End Korean War

North Korea May Seek Peace Treaty to Formally End Korean War North Korea May Seek Peace Treaty to Formally End Korean War
Melinda Barton | 13 March, 2018, 10:58

The South Korean officials who carried Kim's invitation to Washington are visiting China and Japan this week to update state heads on the talks.

"I told President Trump that at our meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he's committed to denuclearisation".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States has "not heard anything directly back from North Korea" since President Donald Trump accepted leader Kim Jong Un's invitation for a meeting.

Tillerson says nothing has been agreed about the location for the meeting. "I think it's going to be very important that those conversations are held quietly" between Washington and Pyongyang", Tillerson said. It has continued to warn the United States and Japan against war-mongering, but its rhetoric has been tame compared with threats exchanged at the height of tensions previous year. Trump has vowed to prevent that, by force if necessary.

Asked in a Fox News interview due to air on Monday evening whether there was a real possibility of North Korea denuclearizing, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said: "We'll see, as the president often says". But Deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Sunday that no additional conditions are being stipulated.

Last week, a South Korean delegation, led by its national security advisor, informed Trump that Kim Jon-un has invited him for a meeting.

The US and South Korea hold military maneuvers every year. For example, North Korean media is silent about the Trump-Kim summit but boiling with rage at Japan, which is practicing "mendicant diplomacy" by spewing "stupid gibberish" at Asian and European ministers to convince them to maintain diplomatic and economic pressure against North Korea. White House officials downplayed this, saying they remain confident that the talks will take place. In an interview en route to the Middle East, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis declined to discuss the timing and scale of the exercises.

The meeting could mean the end of the North Korean nuclear weapons program. "When you get in a position like this, the potential for misunderstanding remains very high", he said.

"The offer was made and we've accepted".

But Pence called Kim's offers to cease missile and nuclear testing while not objecting to U.S. Trump's announcement has raised speculation about whether the meeting will actually go ahead, what North Korea will demand from the United States and even where the two leaders might meet.

Later, at a political rally in Pennsylvania, when Trump mentioned Kim's name, the crowd booed.