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World US, S. Korea say they'll push North to return to nuke talks

12:17  22 july  2021
12:17  22 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

Korean Americans separated by war have waited 70 years for a reunion. It's already too late for some

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" We are hoping that North Korea will respond to our offers of talks at an early stage," Moon' s office quoted Sherman as telling the South Korean president, who has also been trying to encourage negotiations. Moon asked Sherman to try to re-engage with North Korea , stressing the allies' shared goals of complete denuclearisation and peace on the Korean peninsula, which were reaffirmed in talks with Biden in May. read more. Sherman called for more cooperation on other issues including climate change, Moon' s office said .

US and North Korean officials have arrived in Sweden to restart nuclear talks in the hope of breaking a stalemate between the two countries. The last summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without agreement. North Korea is banned from using ballistic missiles by UN Security Council resolutions, and is under US and UN sanctions for its nuclear programme. The talks are taking place on the island of Lidingo, northeast of Stockholm, where US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and North Korea ' s Kim Myong Gil are expected to

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Top U.S. and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to try to convince North Korea to return to talks on its nuclear program, which Pyongyang has insisted it won’t do in protest of what it calls U.S. hostility.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman bumps elbows with South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 22, 2021. The United States, Japan and South Korea on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to work together on North Korea's denuclearization and other regional threats but made no progress in bringing closer together the two U.S. allies. (Song Kyung-seok/Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman bumps elbows with South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 22, 2021. The United States, Japan and South Korea on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to work together on North Korea's denuclearization and other regional threats but made no progress in bringing closer together the two U.S. allies. (Song Kyung-seok/Pool Photo via AP)

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman was in Seoul as part of her regional tour that will take her to China this weekend. She’ll be the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit China since President Joe Biden took office in January.

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But North Korea for decades has been pushing a concept of denuclearization that bears no resemblance to the American definition, with Pyongyang vowing to pursue nuclear development until the United States removes its troops and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan. 'The blunt statement could be an indicator that the North has no intentions to return to the negotiation table anytime soon,' said Shin Beomchul, a senior analyst at Seoul' s Asan Institute for Policy Studies. 'It' s clear that the North intends to keep its nukes and turn the diplomatic process into a bilateral arms

North Korea says it has started to reprocess spent fuel rods. The consequence could be the production of weapons-grade plutonium used to make nuclear weapons. Earlier this month, North Korea expelled all atomic agency inspectors and also pulled out of international disarmament talks . Lavrov says all parties have to fulfill their obligations before they can persuade North Korea to return to talks . Despite their repeated announcements not to impose any further sanctions on the country, the UN has now frozen the foreign assets of three North Korean companies, warning its only part of

On Thursday, she met South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong for talks on North Korea, the military alliance between Seoul and Washington and other regional issues.

The two decided to continue close consultations to get North Korea to return to talks and agreed dialogue is essential to the complete denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, Chung’s ministry said in a statement.

During her separate meeting with President Moon Jae-in later Thursday, Sherman said she hopes North Korea will soon respond to a U.S. offer for dialogue. She said she wants to have in-depth talks on North Korea with Chinese officials when she visits the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin on Sunday, Moon's office said.

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“ They want to talk , and we ’ ll be talking to them soon,” Trump said Thursday, brushing off North Korea ’ s launch the day before of a submarine-based ballistic missile with a maximum range that’ s estimated at about 1,900 kilometers and would qualify as medium range. The test advanced leader Kim Jong Un’ s capabilities for a two-pronged nuclear deterrent designed for quick strikes on the U . S . and its allies from mobile launchers on land and hard-to-track submarines. The working-level talks aren’t expected to provide breakthroughs in the sputtering nuclear discussions, but will revive a process that

North Korea “successfully” launched a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile with improved technology that can deliver a nuclear warhead anywhere in the U . S ., the state -run Korean Central News Agency said . Kim watched the test and “declared with pride that now we have finally realized the great The Trump administration has recently sent mixed signals to North Korea . On a trip to Asia this month, Trump called on North Korea to “come to the table” to make a deal to end its nuclear program, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he could envision talks with Kim’ s regime as a precursor

South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong gestures to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 22, 2021. The United States, Japan and South Korea on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to work together on North Korea's denuclearization and other regional threats but made no progress in bringing closer together the two U.S. allies. (Song Kyung-seok/Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong gestures to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 22, 2021. The United States, Japan and South Korea on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to work together on North Korea's denuclearization and other regional threats but made no progress in bringing closer together the two U.S. allies. (Song Kyung-seok/Pool Photo via AP)

While there are questions about its influence on North Korea, China is still North Korea's last major ally and economic pipeline. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said earlier this month he'll further upgrade his country's ties with China, as he's struggling to overcome deepening pandemic-caused economic shocks.

In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, left, pose for photos prior to their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 22, 2021. Top U.S. and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to try to convince North Korea to return to talks on its nuclear program, which Pyongyang has insisted it won't do in protest of what it calls U.S. hostility. (South Korea Presidential Blue House via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, left, pose for photos prior to their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 22, 2021. Top U.S. and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to try to convince North Korea to return to talks on its nuclear program, which Pyongyang has insisted it won't do in protest of what it calls U.S. hostility. (South Korea Presidential Blue House via AP)

U.S.-led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear program in return for economic and political benefits has been stalled for about 2 ½ years. A major sticking point is North Korea’s calls for the United States to abandon policy Pyongyang considers hostile — an apparent reference to punishing U.S.-led sanctions imposed over its past nuclear and missile tests.

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  At odds on myriad issues, US, Russia to hold strategic talks WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia will hold the first round of strategic and arms control talks of the Biden administration next week in Switzerland, the two countries announced on Friday. Wednesday’s discussions in Geneva come as the two countries are embroiled in myriad disputes ranging from weapons systems to cyberattacks, Ukraine and allegations of Russian interference in U.S. elections. However, the Geneva talks are expected to deal mainly with strategic stability issues as Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin agreed during their meeting in the same Swiss city last month.

The United States , Japan and South Korea held three-way talks on Wednesday to discuss regional threats and their commitment to work together on curbing North Korea ' s nuclear program. US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters after the meeting that close coordination among the countries "sends a very critical message to North Korea in that we are together and shoulder-to-shoulder in our approach to this policy." Sherman met her counterparts, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Mori and South Korea ' s Choi Jong-Kum, in Tokyo.

North Korea is willing to restart denuclearisation talks with the United States later this month, the country' s vice foreign minister has said . Choe Son-hui said they were willing to resume "comprehensive" discussions in a setting agreed by both sides. Her statement came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced hopes for talks to resume. Hours after Ms Choe spoke, two short-range projectiles were reportedly launched from North Korea . It' s the latest in a series of tests in recent months.

Last month, Kim's influential sister, Kim Yo Jong, dismissed prospects for a restart of the nuclear diplomacy, saying U.S. expectations of talks would “plunge them into a greater disappointment.” After her statement, Kim Jong Un’s foreign minister said North Korea wasn’t even considering the possibility of any contact with the Americans, noting it “would get us nowhere, only taking up precious time.”

The blunt back-to-back statements have dampened hopes that were raised when Kim said North Korea was ready for both dialogue and confrontation — though more for confrontation.

Some experts say North Korea will likely find the urgent need to return to talks if its current pandemic-related economic difficulties further worsen.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, Chung asked Sherman to strive to bolster the South Korean-U.S. alliance. Sherman responded she would do so, saying the alliance is key to peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and Northeast Asia, according to the statement.

Sherman also met South Korean presidential national security director Suh Hoon to discuss ways to restart U.S.-North Korea diplomacy and other stalled talks between the two Koreas, the South Korean presidential office said.


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