Will the 2018 Olympics Help Usher in Peace Between North and South Korea? Trump Says “Perhaps,” “Perhaps Not” Will the 2018 Olympics Help Usher in Peace Between North and South Korea? Trump Says “Perhaps,” “Perhaps Not” – NTK Network

Will the 2018 Olympics Help Usher in Peace Between North and South Korea? Trump Says “Perhaps,” “Perhaps Not”

With the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang approaching, North Korea has offered to sit down with South Korea to discuss their issues. The South seems open to talks.

By NTK Staff | 01.02.2018 @10:30am
Will the 2018 Olympics Help Usher in Peace Between North and South Korea? Trump Says “Perhaps,” “Perhaps Not”

One of the dominating foreign policy stories of 2017 was the constant aggression of the North Korean regime, led by the unpredictable dictator Kim Jong-un.

The new year, though, is starting on a rare high note in relations between North Korea and its U.S.-backed neighbor South Korea.

Politico has more:

South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul’s quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula.

Indeed, Kim had somewhat of a ‘carrot and stick’ approach to his New Year’s address, offering peace talks to the south but more nuclear threats to the U.S.

President Trump tweeted about the possibility on Tuesday morning, saying “[p]erhaps that is good news, perhaps not.”

Still, the offer of peace talks is encouraging. As Bloomberg reported, the South under President Moon Jae-in has offered to talk to North Korea “without conditions.”

South Korea is suggesting that high-ranking officials from both sides meet at the border village of Panmunjom, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told reporters in Seoul on Tuesday. It would be the first formal meeting between the two Koreas since 2015.

“We expect to sit down with North Korea face to face and frankly discuss mutual interests aimed at better inter-Korean relations,” Cho said, reaffirming the government’s willingness to talk to Kim’s regime without conditions. “We look forward to Pyongyang’s positive reaction to this.”

As unlikely as it is, a peace deal between North and South Korea would be a strong start to 2018.

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