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Can South Korea and US present united front to Pyongyang's proposal of inter-Korea talk?

2018-02-12 10:22:29       source:Straits Times

February 12, 2018

SEOUL (KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) -- With North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un having invited South Korean President Moon Jae In to Pyongyang for a summit, the focus is now on how South Korea can coordinate with the United States to leverage the initiative as an opportunity for denuclearisation talks.

The allies appeared to agree that North Korea should make progress on denuclearisation before a summit can be held. Moon said he would accept the summit meeting under the right conditions, suggesting Pyongyang should do more to open direct US-North Korea talks on denuclearisation.

However, challenges loom large as the allies may clash over the approaches to achieving the goal of denuclearisation, analysts said, as Moon may face a tough choice between going along with Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign and engaging with the North to ease cross-border tensions after the Olympics.

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