Mike Pence raises prospect of US talks with North Korea

Mike Pence raises prospect of US talks with North Korea

13 news, 2

The United States may be looking more favourably at diplomatic engagement with North Korea, possibly holding dialogue, as South Korea pushes forward with plans to establish grounds for a rare summit between the two Koreas. Vice President Mike Pence said in a newspaper interview that the United States and South Korea have agreed on terms for further diplomatic engagement with North Korea, first with Seoul and then possibly leading to direct talks with Washington without pre-conditions.

The prospect of talks comes after months of tension between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington over North Koreas pursuit of nuclear weapons, with US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trading insults and threats amid tightening sanctions from the United Nations. Relations between the two Koreas improved in recent weeks, with Pyongyang agreeing to send its highest ranking delegation ever to attend the Winter Olympic Games, being held in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang.

Speaking to the "Washington Post" aboard Air Force Two on his way home from the Games, Pence said Washington would keep up its "maximum pressure campaign" against Pyongyang but would be open to possible talks at the same time. "The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearisation," Pence was quoted on ...

    More on deccanherald.com