North Korea has agreed to attend high-level talks with South Korea next week. The meeting expected to held on 9 January, will focus on participation of North Korean athletes in Winter Olympic Games in February.
Winter Olympics would base as a groundbreaking chance to improve inter-Korean relations
Earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stated that sending a delegation will provide a chance to show unity of people.
The meeting venue could be “Panmunjom” on the border. Most interestingly, it would be the first high level meeting since December 2015.
South Korea’s President, Moon Jae-in has also previously called Winter Olympics as a groundbreaking chance to improve inter-Korean relations.
However, some countries have expressed concerns over significance of the move.
As US Defense Secretary James Mattis claimed the agreement, a result of international pressure. However, he suspected that he don’t have idea whether the move can ‘a real olive branch’ or a ‘one-off from [Mr Kim].’
Japan’s defense minister said that North is going through phases of apparent dialogue and provocation.
South Korea’s presidential office told that the meeting will focus on Pyeongchang Winter Games. However, there could “be discussions related to improving South-North ties after the North’s participation in the Olympics becomes final”.
North Korea has frustrated the world with its repeated nuclear tests and missile launches. Consequently, the move has tightened international sanctions on North Korea.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also highlighted North Korea’s increasing threat.
“It is not an exaggeration to say the security environment surrounding Japan is at its severest since the Second World War”
“By raising pressure on North Korea together with the international community, I intend to do my utmost to solve [its] nuclear, missiles and abduction issues.”
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