Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

United Nations envoy says no change in U.S. position on North Korea talks

United Nations envoy says no change in U.S. position on North Korea talks

"The upcoming dialogue will first focus on the North's participation in the PyeongChang Olympics and Paralympic Games", Baik said.

Seoul's Foreign Ministry said that Lee Do-hoon, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs held talks with his Japanese counterpart Kenji Kanasugi who is director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau.

Issues of mutual concern to improve inter-Korean relations would be on the dialogue agenda, such as urgent issues which South Korea proposed in July a year ago to discuss, the spokesman said. The Korean Peninsula remains technically in a state of war.

The 2 sides confirmed the lists of their delegations on Sunday, 2 days before the meeting that will take place in the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone between the 2 Koreas.

Ambassador Nikki Haley is making clear North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon) would first need to stop weapons testing.

"The talks will begin with a full session at 10 a.m.", said Baik Tae-hyun, the unification ministry spokesperson, in a regular briefing on Monday.

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Haley tells ABC's "This Week" that there's "no turnaround" in the USA position. The Japanese government plans to reject any additional demands by South Korea on the topic.

Other issues, which Pyongyang was forecast to put on the dialogue agenda, could be the resumption of tours to Mount Kumgang and the reopening of the Kaesong Industrial Complex.

North and South Korea have named their delegates for the upcoming talks involving 5 ministerial and vice-ministerial-level officials from each side.

As the inter-Korean delegations include many senior-level officials, the talks could lead to overall discussions for the restoration of inter-Korean relations.

Under the deal announced by the foreign ministers of the two countries, Japan gave 1 billion yen ($8.8 million) to a South Korean foundation to support Korean victims, while South Korea agreed to "make efforts" to remove a comfort women monument from in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

Seoul and Pyongyang are set to hold the inter-Korean talks at the Peace House in Panmunjeom on the South Korean side of the border on Tuesday.

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