North Korea may consider nuclear disarmament

Talks between North Korea and South Korea have raised hopes that the North may be willing to discuss nuclear disarmament, but North Korea has faailed to keep promises in the past.

RNZ:  North Korea willing to discuss nuclear disarmament, says South

North Korea is willing to talk about getting rid of its nuclear weapons but only if its own safety can be guaranteed, South Korea says.

The South says the subject was raised when its officials met with the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in Pyongyang on Monday, during a rare visit.

A statement from the South Korea president’s office said: “The North showed willingness on denuclearisation in the Korean Peninsula. If military threats to the North Korea decrease and regime safety is guaranteed, the North showed that it has no reason to retain nukes.”

The North’s KCNA news agency said Mr Kim had “warmly welcomed” the delegates and held an “openhearted talk” with them.

During their visit, the South’s officials passed on a letter from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in which he invited Mr Kim to attend further talks.

KCNA said Mr Kim had “exchanged views and made a satisfactory agreement” on the letter and gave orders for it to be acted on.

The South’s delegates returned to Seoul on Tuesday morning, the South Korean news agency Yonhap said.

These were the first officials from Seoul to meet Mr Kim since he came to power. They said Mr Kim is also open to US talks, and would pause weapons testing.

Some hope of progress, but:

In previous programmes to halt its nuclear ambitions, the North has failed to keep its promises.

Hopefully South Korea and North Korea can make progress on de-escalation.

After the news from the South Korean officials was made public, President Donald Trump tweeted: “The World is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!”

The further he is kept away from talks and negotiations the better, but he can still stuff things up via Twitter.

22 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  March 7, 2018

    Dictators don’t consider anything. They do what they want..unless persuaded otherwise.

    • Blazer

       /  March 7, 2018

      a bad week for you…another completely..meaningless..post.

      • Corky

         /  March 7, 2018

        You mean like this:

        ”a bad week for you…another completely..meaningless..post.”

        Not even on topic. Still, I always make allowances for the ”little people” of society, Blazer.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 7, 2018

        It is ‘on topic’, it refers to your post.

        • Corky

           /  March 7, 2018

          ”It is ‘on topic’, it refers to your post.”

          The topic isn’t me. Your post is also ‘off topic.’

          Maybe you need a refresher course on basic English. Just a thought.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 7, 2018

            And a damned silly one, considering who it was addressed to. I have taught English, and while I don’t want to try teaching it to you, I could probably tell you who could teach you to improve your level of comprehension .

            The response made by Blazer rightly remarked that your post was meaningless, and I agreed that it was. How hard is that for you to understand ?

            • Corky

               /  March 7, 2018

              ”Dictators don’t consider anything. They do what they want..unless persuaded otherwise.”

              1- Therefore the talks between North and South Korea are meaningless.
              Unless Kim finds them to his advantage. North Korea has broken many agreements, or understandings, in the past.

              2- Why would Kim spend all his resources on nuclear weapons then talk of disarmament?

              3- Without nuclear weapons what has he got? Nothing. He also loses face with his people.

              Therefore we come back to my original post. Ah, I forgot you are a literalist with no imagination. Well, that’s your problem.

              Now lets look at your masterpiece. From someone who has taught English:

              ”It is ‘on topic’, it refers to your post.”

              Please !!!!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 8, 2018

              You bloody fool. If you can’t understand a simple statement of fact, there is no point in saying anything. You must be aware of what Blazer and I meant. If you are not, you are even more of an idiot than I imagined.

    • Zedd

       /  March 7, 2018

      @corky

      who are you referring to here ?
      perhaps…. Mr T ?? 😀

      • Corky

         /  March 7, 2018

        Mr T has a mandate by way of votes. Kim Un Dun has a mandate by succession backed up with bullets.

        So, have a guess.

        • Zedd

           /  March 7, 2018

          maybe so, but their body language is identical : clapping/smiling & saying outrageous things that most dont want to take seriously !

          btw; I wouldnt believe everything you hear on CNN about ‘little rocket man’ just like all the ‘fake news’ Mr T is always highlighting

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 7, 2018

            Don’t tell anyone (whispers) they are really twins, but they were separated at birth and adopted out. You didn’t hear this from me.

          • Corky

             /  March 7, 2018

            No need for CNN. I heard it from the horses mouth. Let me guess, North Korean state media is fake news?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 7, 2018

              Are you sure that it wasn’t from the horse’s other end ?

  2. NOEL

     /  March 7, 2018

    I wonder what the US will make of the NK reactor start up at the same time?
    https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/north-korea-why-washington-will-wait-talk-pyongyang-nuclear-missiles-negotiate

  3. Trevors_elbow

     /  March 7, 2018

    So Trump offering nothing but a smack in the mouth has nothing, nothing, to do with Kims desire to talk?

    Ha ha ha ha…. if you belive Kim isnt intimidated you kidding yourself.

    Kim has had a look at his alternatives… seen the US stance toughen since Obama the Appeaser left office…. and now wants to talk to save his skin…

    In this issue Trump has got it right…

  4. The little fat North Korean dictator will say anything to look like he’s concerned.
    Well folks, he ain’t.
    And he’ll keep on building his arsenal and starving his people until he dies and another Kim emerges to do the exact same things.
    Unless he makes the error of thinking that he can sink more South Korean ships or down their aircraft.
    Or one of his missiles comes down in Japan

  5. Zedd

     /  March 7, 2018

    The ‘Genie is out of the bottle’ with DPRK Nukes.. it would be hard to believe Mr K will seriously consider trying to shove it back in !? :/

    Lots of Hui but very little Dui

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 7, 2018

      What a shame that that expression about hui and dui or do-ey*
      can’t be used outside NZ. It’s very expressive 😀

      * I think that Alan Duff had it as do-ey (?)

  6. Gezza

     /  March 7, 2018

    Can’t see Jong Un doing anything but temporarily halting missile launches – he’s just trying to drive a wedge between South Korea (& maybe Japan) & Trump/America.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 7, 2018

      He’d be a fool to leave NK defenceless, I can’t see Trump laying down his nuclear arms.

  7. David

     /  March 7, 2018

    Go Trumpy, all those people giving him a hard time and calling him a warmonger…well lets see what happens but feel free to say perhaps Trump may have the right approach.