Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to USA talks

North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to USA talks

Officials from both Seoul and Washington say there will be no meeting between Kim Yong Chol and Ivanka Trump - who is travelling with Korea specialists from the United States administration and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

"It's been an unbelievable couple of days, and such an honor and privilege to be here with our allies in South Korea and celebrate all that we've accomplished as a culture, a society, economically and, of course, in sport", she added. The answer could provide a coda to an extraordinary two weeks of Olympic political optics - and offer hints of the Trump administration's approach in coming weeks when it comes to the thawing of North-South relations on the Korean Peninsula.

Pyongyang denounced his comments Sunday, with the official Korean Central News Agency carrying a statement from the North's Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee saying Pence would discover "what quagmire his insane remarks threw the USA and himself into".

Kim Yong-chol brought Choe Kang Il, deputy director of the U.S. affairs division in North Korea's foreign ministry.

"President Moon noted that North Korea-United States dialogue must take place soon in order to improve South-North Korean relations and to find a fundamental solution to the Korean Peninsula issue", said Moon's spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom.

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But the closing days of the Games were overshadowed by the US announcement that it was imposing its largest package of sanctions aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs.

"Ivanka Trump has been briefed on this".

The United States also proposed a list of entities to be blacklisted under separate U.N. sanctions, a move "aimed at shutting down North Korea's illicit maritime smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal".

Relatives of the 46 killed on the Cheonan corvette urged Seoul to scrap the visit by Kim Yong Chol who will head an eight-member delegation at the Games' closing ceremony Sunday.

He will have a chance to build on the latter relationship Friday, with Ivanka Trump having landed in Seoul to attend the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Sunday.

The delegation plans to return to North Korea on February 27.


Trump also warned that, if the latest sanctions do not work, the U.S. may "go to phase two" that "may be a very rough thing".

Officials from both Seoul and Washington had already said there would be no meeting between Kim Yong Chol and Ivanka Trump - who traveled with administration Korea specialists and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

Sanders said the U.S., South Korea and the global community "broadly agree" that denuclearization must be the outcome of any dialogue with North Korea.

According to Moon's office, he said North Korea was "very willing" to hold talks with the US.

The White House official added the "U.S".

"Phase two may be a very rough thing, may be very, very unfortunate for the world". A statement carried by KCNA said that Trump should know the North would "never have face-to-face talks. even after 100 years or 200 years" with those who had been "viciously slandering the dignity of our supreme leadership".


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