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Breakthrough in Korea Talks; Is This the Beginning of the End of a Nuclear North?

North Korea and South Korea, technically at war for decades, sat down this week. The South reported the North may be open to halting its nuclear program.

By NTK Staff | 03.06.2018 @11:30am
Breakthrough in Korea Talks; Is This the Beginning of the End of a Nuclear North?

South Korea’s government reported on Tuesday morning (U.S. time) that its longtime rival to the north may be open to “denuclearization.”

From Korea.net‘s Jeon Han and Yoon Sojung:

“The North clearly expressed its commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and said it would have no reason to possess nuclear weapons should the safety of its regime be guaranteed and if military threats against the North were removed, said the senior presidential security adviser.

Chung also said that, “The North expressed its will to have candid dialogue with the U.S. for discussing the issue of denuclearization and the normalization of Pyongyang-Washington ties.”

Two major breakthroughs from the meeting: 1) North Korea’s openness to “denuclearization,” if the “safety” of the Kim regime can be guaranteed, and 2) North Korea’s openness to talks with the U.S. to end its nuclear weapons program.

A third major breakthrough, which led Korea.net’s story, is the announcement of a “third inter-Korean summit at the Peace House at the Panmunjom truce village in late April.”

The inter-Korean talks come as tensions with the U.S. and North Korea have been high as of late. The North Korean regime canceled a scheduled meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, while the VP was in South Korea for the Winter Olympics. Soon after, the U.S. rolled out its largest package of sanctions against the North ever.

Still, the U.S. may take North Korea up on its offer to talk about denuclearization, if the offer appears genuine. It’s the clearest sign in the Trump era that North Korea may be open to ending its nuclear weapons program, and maybe even to ending its six-decade war with South Korea that technically never ended.

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