Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Kim says USA should know North Korean nuclear force a reality

Kim Jong Un offers rare olive branch to South Korea File Kim Jong Un offers rare olive branch to South Korea File
Delores Daniels | 02 January, 2018, 11:52

"The government proposes to hold high-level government talks with North Korea on January 9 at the Peace House in Panmunjom", Cho said, referring to a truce village in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas.

The PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games were scheduled to be held in February in South Korea's namesake county of PyeongChang in the eastern Gangwon province.

Kim Gun-hee, a consultant on image making and leadership, said the grey suit may have been created to deflect some of the negative global attention Kim's nuclear and missile tests have prompted.

But Park did not refer to Kim's order to mass-produce nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles, as well as speeding up their deployment.

But he also hinted at diplomatic overtures to South Korea amid increasingly crippling sanctions.

He said the North might also be using its potential Olympic participation as a chance to show its nuclear program is not meant to pose a threat to regional peace. He also revealed South Korea has asked the USA to postpone the joint drills this year.

During the speech, Kim also called for better relations with South Korea - a suggestion he has made more often than he has acted on, the news wire noted.

The implication, for now, is simple: Kim Jong-un's nuclear forces are operational and ready to deter the United States and retaliate to any first strike that would seek to either disarm Kim Jong-un of his weapons or kill him.

"President Moon needs a successful Olympics and the US drive to increase pressure fits poorly with the Southern agenda".

He said the government and the ruling party should make inter-Korean talks possible so that the DPRK's peace message will lead to the success of the PyeongChang Olympics and peace on the peninsula.

"It's hard to imagine Seoul falling for this", he said, adding that Seoul and Washington had so far stayed in synch in the pressure and isolation campaign.

"This shows the Moon administration is looking at the situation from a very realistic, rational point of view", said Jeong Yeung-tae, head of the Institute of North Korea Studies in Seoul.

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. "That's not a basis on which the United States is prepared to engage", he said. The United Nations Security Council last month approved its strongest sanctions yet on North Korea - a move that Pyongyang described as an "act of war". "The U.S. can never start a war against myself and our nation now".

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.

In an annual New Year's day speech, Kim said that "we sincerely hope the games will be successful".

Daniel Russel, the top USA diplomat for East Asia until last April and now at the Asia Society Policy Institute, said there was an argument to be made to encourage North Korea's Olympic participation but that it should not be taken too far.

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