North Korean officials have broached the subject in the past, saying they would be willing to disarm their nuclear program if the deal ends the threat of USA attack, which they believe they need a nuclear deterrent to preclude.
Such a prospect would increase the nuclear threat to USA interests. There are still many diplomatic vacancies in this administration. "If they can convince the South Koreans to sign some kind of an agreement, some type of an accord whereby South Korea would lend North Korea money with which to buy food or just simply transfer food directly".
But experts say arranging an inter-Korean summit would be hard after a year in which North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test and flight-tested intercontinental ballistic missiles that could, when perfected, target the USA mainland.
North Korea has denied its involvement in the sinking.
"I'm completely convinced that President Trump and his team reject the policy of containment", Graham told CNN. "Being erratic, being unstable, I think it's frightened the North Koreans to the degree that it's making them think outside the box that maybe the best way is to reach an accommodation with the south, rather than do a toe-to-toe step of nuclear weapons with the United States".
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South Korea's president, marking the 99th anniversary of the launch of an independence movement from Japanese colonization, criticized Japan's insistence that the issue of women forced to provide sex for Japanese troops in World War II has been settled.
When they declared the completion of becoming a so-called "nuclear power", which means they have completed the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program that can attack the entire territory of the United States, it's not really true.
During Sunday's closing ceremony for the Olympic Games, the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced that a North Korean delegate to the Olympics said his country is willing to hold talks with the U.S. The move comes after decades of tensions between the two countries, which have no formal diplomatic relations, and after a year of escalating rhetoric, including threats of war, between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"Whatever the solutions, whether they are military or non-military, if the worldwide community chooses to disarm 'rocket man, ' we are in enthusiastic full support of this decision", said Kim Suk-woo.
"The US should be aware that sanctions and pressure will never threaten DPRK and never work", Mr Han said, using the acronym for the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"To imply that Ambassador Yun is the only one who is capable of handling North Korea would simply be wrong", Nauert said.
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"Russia is sending in what China is taking out", Trump said.
Earlier, North Korea condemned the latest round of sanctions imposed by the United States, accusing it of trying to undermine an improvement in inter-Korean relations during the Winter Olympics. Plus, North Korea has a history of putting all inter-Korean issues on ice during the two months of drills. But the United States and Japan will pressure us to go ahead with military exercises as soon as possible, late April maybe.
A honest offer of talks would provide a rare step toward diplomacy after years of missile and nuclear tests and direct threats of war from Pyongyang - and from Washington.
While Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis have consistently said the U.S. should exhaust all diplomatic options before considering the use of military force, the loss of key diplomatic voices like that of Yun could precipitate a more hawkish consensus within the White House, Kirby added.
"I have confidence in all of them, but it does matter when important positions go unfilled", Oba told Business Insider.
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