According to South Korean media outlets, North Korea said it “has no reason to possess nuclear weapons, if it has a security guarantee”. North Korea also pledged to “freeze its nuclear-missile activities,” if it holds formal talks with the US. Both Korea’s have agreed to take part in bilateral negotiations next month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s top security adviser announced.
The gathering will be held at Panmunjom; in the demilitarized zone. “The South and the North have agreed to set up a hotline between their leaders to allow close consultations and a reduction of military tension, while also agreeing to hold the first phone conversation before the third South-North summit,” Moon Jae-in’s office said.
While both Koreas are showing signs of friendly relations, the US has been sending mixed messages over it. In a recent interview, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was open for talks with the North, but issued a reminder that “America will not deviate from the policy of using a big stick”. “We’re not using a carrot to convince them to talk, we’re using large sticks, and that is what they need to understand.
This pressure campaign is having its bite on North Korea,” he said. Tillerson also rejected the plan presented by Russia and China to bring a solution to the peninsula. The “double freeze plan,” is a proposal (brought by Moscow and Beijing) that would see the US and its regional allies halt military drills in exchange for North Korea halting the development of missiles.
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