April 21, 2018

South Korea Is Sending Envoys To Meet North Korean Leader Kim Jong

05 March 2018, 12:28 | Marta Robbins

South Korea Is Sending Envoys To Meet North Korean Leader Kim Jong

South Korea Is Sending Envoys To Meet North Korean Leader Kim Jong

The planned visit is another sign of rapprochement between the two Koreas amid a detente that began over the Winter Olympics in South Korea's Pyeongchang.

"It seems that the delegation's mission will be two-fold".

The 10-member group will focus on inter-Korean relations and establishing conditions for a US-North Korean dialogue on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, South Korea's Blue House said in a statement.

After the two-day visit to North Korea, the special envoys will travel to the USA to brief officials on their discussions in Pyongyang, South Korea's presidential Blue House said.

The younger Kim met with Moon in Seoul, conveying the DPRK leader's invitation to the South Korean president to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time.

"I would not rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un", Trump said in a lighthearted tone.

After its Pyongyang trip, the South Korean delegation will visit Washington to brief USA officials about its talks with the North Korean officials, senior presidential official Yoon Young-chan said at a televised news conference.

Five other working-level officials will also accompany the delegation on the trip.

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Pyongyang claims its inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) can now hit the United States mainland.

When South Korean authorities told North Korea's recent high-level delegation to the Olympics closing ceremony that Seoul and Washington will resume the drills after the Paralympics end on March 18, the officials from Pyongyang responded they "cannot accept" the exercises and warned of a backlash.

"We have intention to resolve issues in a diplomatic and peaceful way through dialogue and negotiation, but we will neither beg for dialogue nor evade the military option claimed by the US", he said.

After returning from the North, Suh was involved in making secret contact with Pyongyang for summit talks in 2000 between then-President Kim Dae-jung and the North's Kim Jong-il.

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Pyongyang's weapons tests, which demonstrated rapid progress in the country's missile technology, alarmed the USA and prompted calls by some in Washington to launch pre-emptive attacks on the North.

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