A day after Pyongyang expressed willingness for dialogue, South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated Monday that the U.S. and North Korea should both back off a little so they can sit down and start talks to try to resolve a nuclear standoff.
In recent times as a result of the Winter Olympics held at South Korea, the North started showing willingness for diplomatic relations.
Meanwhile, Pyongyang continues to develop nuclear missiles that are capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, while U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un exchange non-diplomatic words through social media.
“Recently, North Korea has shown it is open to actively engaging the United States in talks and the United States is talking about the importance of dialogue,” Moon said during a meeting in Seoul with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong.
“There is a need for the United States to lower the threshold for talks with North Korea and North Korea should show it is willing to denuclearize. It’s important the United States and North Korea sit down together quickly,” he said.
Last year In August, President Trump threatened North Korea to go beyond sanctions by bringing “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
According to Reuters, North Korea has vowed never to give up its nuclear program, which it pursues in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, calling it “powerful treasured sword for defending peace” against U.S. aggression.
However, Washington with their 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea is saying that talks with North Korea must lead to an end to its nuclear program.
Trump on Friday announced his largest package of sanctions against North Korea.
North Korea condemned the move, accusing Washington of trying to undermine the improvement in inter-Korean relations.
Reuters reported that a high-level delegation from North Korea has been visiting Seoul and meeting South Korean officials, including Moon, after attending the Olympics’ closing ceremony in Pyeongchang on Sunday.
The delegation apparently told Moon that North Korea was open to talks with Washington.