North Korean ‘caution’ seen in announcing stance on upcoming…

Published 12/03/2018 in Uncategorized

North Korean ‘caution’ seen in announcing stance on upcoming…
FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets members of the special delegation of South Korea’s President in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 6, 2018. KCNA/via Reuters/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s silence on its upcoming summits with the United States and South Korea is probably due to caution over organizing its stance on the meetings, the South said on Monday, as China’s leader urged patience.

North Korean media mentioned a visit by a delegation from the South last week, but no coverage has been seen of Kim Jong Un’s invitation to meet U.S. President Donald Trump or the South Korean president to discuss the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

“We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-U.S. summit,” Baik Tae-hyun, the spokesman of the South’s Ministry of Unification, told a regular news conference.

“I feel they’re approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organize their stance.”

The South Korean officials who took Kim’s invitation to Washington are visiting China and Japan this week to update their neighbors on the talks.

South Korea’s National Security Office chief, Chung Eui-yong, who led the delegation, heads to Russia on Tuesday after meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Blue House said.

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  • “My main message today is that any advancement on the security dialogue should be accompanied by a parallel expansion on the human rights dialogue,” he told the world body’s Human Rights Council.

    The North’s official news agency has been lauding the two sides’ efforts to thaw relations, but state media have continued to warn the United States and Japan against war-mongering.

    Rhetoric in the North’s state media has been tame, however, compared to threats last year that Pyongyang would fire missiles into the vicinity of the U.S. territory of Guam if provoked.

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