Marcha 18, 2018

Sanctions on North to stay, too early to be optimistic, says Moon

08 Marcha 2018, 03:15 | Bibiana Flor

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Kim Jong Un poses with South Korean delegation who traveled as envoys of the Souths President Moon Jae-in during their meeting in Pyongyang

The question is whether it has miniaturized a nuclear warhead and mastered a missile's re-entry phase.

"It's too early to wholeheartedly buy these currencies because of the chances of escalating trade tension between U.S. and its trading partners", said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange in Washington.

Kim Jong-Un's older half-brother had once been seen as their father Kim Jong-Il's natural heir, and some reports had suggested that China might be grooming him to replace the younger man in the event of a crisis. "So I thought North Korea was terrific". President Donald Trump was promising " fire and fury".

So improving relations with Seoul would give Kim some much-needed breathing room.

The dollar fell 0.458 points or 0.51 percent, against a group of currencies to 89.622.

Bizarrely, they claim they were tricked into carrying out a TV show prank, and are currently on trial for his murder in Malaysia.

Moon, of course, is no political novice. He spent most of his time overseas in Macau, mainland China and Singapore. Consider the interests of the South Koreans.

When co-leader of the minor opposition Bareun Future Party Yoo Seong-min said pressure on the North remained crucial, President Moon ruled out the possibility of easing sanctions.

"If the North really wants to have peace take root on the Korean Peninsula, it should take concrete steps for denuclearization", Joongang said.

Both agreements ultimately collapsed acrimoniously. The North sent a high-level delegation to the South during last month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"By referring to the wishes of the forefathers, all internal conflict has been eliminated", Koo said, adding: "That's the best card Kim Jong Un can use".

The surprising announcement in Seoul followed a failed diplomatic outreach effort between Washington and Pyongyang a month ago.

In this present climate, the optimists' version of the story would make for an all-too-happy ending to what has seemed like an endless saga, and an endless menace to the international order.

On Wednesday, the day after the summit was announced, the North's state-run media was still touting that line.

"The North clearly affirmed its commitment to denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula and said it would have no reason to possess nuclear weapons if the safety of its regime [was] guaranteed and [the] military threat against North Korea no longer exists", Chung said. Indeed, we will see what happens, and the international community must remember that we cannot predict anything with North Korea. "Its feats deserve the praise of the world".

Coats and other intelligence officials at the hearing said they had seen no evidence of a turnaround in North Korean behavior.

The handling of this year's exercises could impact its next moves.

"Either way? Go hard in either direction?"

Are they on the negotiating table?

"The reality is that North Korea now has an intercontinental ballistic missile that can allegedly hit targets in the U.S.", the paper wrote. There have been conflicting signals, as two camps within the administration have pushed for starkly different approaches. The unidentified officials said a simultaneous computer simulated drill known as Key Resolve would be held from mid to late April. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.

It would be the third such summit since the Koreas' 1945 division.

"Additional information will be released after the Paralympics", Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Chris Logan said.

The sixth round of the talks open in February 2007 and North Korea promises to shut its nuclear reactor in exchange for fuel oil.

How will it play internally in the North?

. Peace demands it be given a chance.

Today (March 7) the UN said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was "encouraged" by the developments and "stresses the need to protect the momentum and seize the opportunities available to find a peaceful path forward".

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