US Vice President Mike Pence hints at possible diplomatic talks with North Korea
Feb 12, 2018 World 3532 By Michelle Clarke
U.S. Vice President, Mike Pence has hinted that talks between the United State and North Korea may be possible. This comes on the heels of South Korea consideration of a rare summit with its neighbours.
After months of tension between the US, South and North Korea, over the latters their nuclear ambitions, the prospect of talks between the
countries, is a change of pace from the Trump administration.
Mr. Pence said South Korea agreed to holding talks with their neighbours before further engagement on the part of Washington. Speaking to the Washington Post on his way back from the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, Pence said the administration will keep pressuring the Korean nation and at the same time be willing to dialogue.
“The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization,” Pence was quoted on Sunday as saying. “So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify. But if you want to talk, we’ll talk.”
Speaking to reporters in Egypt on Monday, U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson said it was to early to decide if the latest developments meant the start of a diplomatic process.
“We’ve said for some time it’s really up to the North Koreans to decide when they’re ready to engage with us in a sincere way, a meaningful way,” Tillerson said. “They know what has to be on the table for conversations.”
The Olympic games have improved relations between the both Korean countries in recent weeks, with two of North Korea's top officials sent to Seoul with an invitation for the South Korean President Moon Jae-in to travel to Pyongyang for talks.
South Korea also said it would try to seek ways to continue to improve diplomacy between the countries, including trying to arrange more reunions with families seperated by the war.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach announced he will visit North Korea after the Games as part of an agreement between the IOC and North and South Korea.