Informal talks between United States and Koreas called 'constructive'

24 March, 2018, 16:39 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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While the nitty-gritty of the first-ever meeting between the American and North Korean leaders has to be worked out, there is an increasing amount of curiosity as well as apprehension about the possible outcome of the unexpected talk between the two sides.

"And depending on their outcomes, they may lead to a three-way summit of South, North and U.S.", Moon said at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

This years' Foal Eagle exercises are coming just weeks after President Trump told visiting officials from South Korea that he would be willing to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Cho and Ri met at Panmunjom on January 9 to hold the two Koreas' first formal talks in more than two years to discuss the North's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and ways to improve bilateral ties. North Korea considers the exercises an invasion rehearsal and often conducts weapons tests in protest.

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President Donald Trump has accepted an offer to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a stunning turn of events after a year that saw them engage in a heated verbal warfare that included crude insults and mutual threats of nuclear attacks.

The United States and South Korea announced Tuesday that their annual joint military drills would go ahead next month, but the main exercise will be shortened by a month. But there had been no official word from Pyongyang. Soon afterward, Mr. Trump surprised much of the world by accepting Mr. Kim's invitation to sit down for talks.

In a statement, South Korea's Unification Ministry said the talks were slated for March 29, reports CNN.

"The good atmosphere appearing on the Korean peninsula has been created by our aggressive efforts and initiatives".

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In 2017, almost 4,000 USA troops were deployed to South Korea for Foal Eagle, which ran for two full months with a total of 11,500 American troops joining almost 300,000 of South Korea's forces.

It went on to say that Bolton, in particular, believes the United States can do what it wants without regard to worldwide law, treaties or the political commitments of previous administrations.

Trump this week named John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations famed for his hawkish views on Pyongyang, to replace White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

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