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North Korean leader probably laying a trap for US, South

14 January 2018

North Korea asked for further negotiations about the meeting to be carried out via documented exchanges, Baik said.

The number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea dropped 21 per cent in 2017, its lowest level since Kim Jong-un came to power six years ago, according to official data released here on Friday.

The U.S. described the move to put off its annual drill with South Korea as an effort to "de-conflict" the military exercise and the Winter Games, allowing Moon to "focus on ensuring the security" of the Olympics, due to start February 9.

Seo Jae-Pyong, an official of the Association of North Korean Defectors in Seoul, said that many professional brokers who help arrange defectors' trips through China and Southeast Asian countries to the South have gone underground as a result of Beijing's crackdown.

With regard to President Trump potentially fanning those "very dangerous" flames with pointed and mocking tweets of Kim, Haley did what very few do: She praised being strategically "unpredictable" as "not a bad thing".

US President Donald Trump endorsed the talks Thursday, calling them a "good thing" while agreeing to delay military exercises until after the event. The last meeting between North and South Korean officials of ministerial rank or higher occurred in August 2015, when National Security Advisor Kim Kwan-jin and Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo from South Korea and Korean People's Army General Political Bureau Chief Hwang Pyong-so and Korean Workers' Party Central Committee Secretary Kim Yang-gon from North Korea met after South Korean soldiers were maimed by a landmine that blew up near the DMZ.

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Choi said that if North Korean athletes are willing to participate, "the International Sports Federations has the right to use the wildcard" to accommodate their entry. "Because there are so many practical matters to deal with, such as putting together a support team and a team of people to attend the reunions, we're hesitant to jump to conclusions about whether or not an agreement can be reached during the meeting".

North Korea says its weapons are necessary to counter US aggression, and it regularly threatens to destroy the United States and its two key Asia allies, Japan and South Korea.

Does Pakistan want to be another North Korea? We're very firm. But I would be, absolutely I would do that. Rash arguments that South Korea should offer something bold in the talks with North Korea will only obstruct efforts to resolve its nuclear programme. If South Korea can enhance ties with North Korea, why can't the US and other countries? "We have no intention of weakening our warning and surveillance".

"We're going to be smart this time - make sure whatever happens makes the United States safer and makes sure that we denuclearize the peninsula".

Analysts with the website 38 North, which tracks North Korea, reported Pyongyang may be preparing to test a rocket engine at a facility in Sohae, North Pyongan province, where all of the North's satellite launches have taken place since 2012. "The tweet follows the North Korean leader's remarks in a New Year's Day address that "(t) he entire mainland of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear weapons".

North Korean leader probably laying a trap for US, South