North Korea Just Called for Unification with South Korea

29 January, 2018, 11:04 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • View of Pyongyang from the Juche Tower

After going through South Korean checkpoints at the border, the team travelled to a national training centre in Jincheon, 90 km (56 miles) south of Seoul. But debate on military options has lost some momentum in recent weeks after North and South Korea resumed talks ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in the South.

Sarah Murray, the South Korean team coach, said Monday that it was a "tough situation to have our team used for political purposes". "I'm very pleased with the fact that North and South are united as one to participate in (the Olympics)".

At Mirim Airfield in Pyongyang, the North is preparing for a massive military parade to mark the anniversary of the Korean People's Army on February 8, according to Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon. "We simply need resolve and belief in American power defending American interests with a clear-eyed understanding of these offenders - especially China".

He said he conveyed these concerns during the high-level inter-Korean talks on January ninth, adding it will be the ministry's task to create a momentum for the current South-North ties to continue beyond April.

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Pyongyang offered to "promote contact, travel, cooperation and exchange between the North and South on a wide scale to remove mutual misunderstanding and distrust". In the past few years, North Korea, under the direction of Kim Jong-un, has deliberately violated worldwide treaties by continuing to build nuclear weapons and carrying out illegal missile tests.

China's chief envoy for North Korean affairs said Friday the reasons he hasn't visited Pyongyang are "complicated" but that China remains committed to finding a diplomatic solution to tensions over the North's nuclear weapons program.

Wearing red, white and blue team parkas emblazoned with the North Korean flag and "DPR Korea" on their backs, the women arrived on Thursday after the rival countries agreed to field a joint team at the games for the first-time ever.

Among South Koreans in their 20s, the approval rating dropped from 75 to 68 percent.

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The intensification of the US -led campaign is a counterpoint to a thaw in relations between North and South Korea revolving around the North's participation in next month's Winter Olympics being hosted by the South.

Still, Washington on Wednesday imposed fresh sanctions on nine entities, 16 people and six North Korean ships it accuses of helping the North's weapons programmes.

Russian Federation isn't the only country caught supporting North Korea's fuel needs this month.

The United States may be making it clear to North Korea its tactics are not working. That has eased tensions on the divided peninsula, but the North shows no sign it's willing to negotiate over its nuclear program.

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