Moon's Special Envoys to Visit Pyongyang Monday

Japan's foreign minister to visit US this month to discuss N. Korea
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05 March, 2018

The previous day, Trump warned the United States would hit the North with "fire and fury" if Pyongyang repeated threats that it would strike American targets, Trump took to Twitter and appeared to signal he is prepared to use nuclear weapons against North Korea if conflict breaks out.

"It seems that the delegation's mission will be two-fold".

"We have intention to resolve issues in a diplomatic and peaceful way through dialogue and negotiation, but we will neither beg for dialogue", a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said Saturday, according to North Korean state media.

Chung Eui-yong, top national security advisor for Moon, will lead the special delegation, composed of five delegates and five working-level officials.

However, the South Korean president responded by stressing the need for talks between Pyongyang and Washington, dulling hopes for an imminent inter-Korean summit - which would be the third of its kind and first in over a decade.

This photo, taken February 5, 2018, shows National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon visiting the National Assembly in Seoul.

Suh, 63, made behind-the-scenes contact with the North to prepare for the landmark summits in June 2000 and October 2007.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe told Roll Call that South Korea has "gotten soft" and isn't taking North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seriously enough.

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Men carry flags in front of the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other high ranking officials during a military parade in Pyongyang in April 2017.

The US has been informed of the latest development.

A spokesperson for the North's foreign ministry said a dialogue with the USA is "possible", but added that Pyongyang is open to talks only "on an equal footing" and will not give up its nuclear and missile programmes to come to the table.

The Trump administration has been kicking the idea of talks with North Korea around for quite some time.

After returning to Seoul on Tuesday, the South Korean delegates will travel to Washington to brief the Trump administration on their discussions with the North Koreans, he said.

The Pyongyang trip by his representatives may be a first step towards creating such conditions, said Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst at the Sejong Institute think tank, said in a statement. "I just won't", he said, referring to North Korea's leader.

Pyongyang's weapons tests, which demonstrated rapid progress in the country's missile technology, alarmed the United States and prompted calls by some in Washington to launch pre-emptive attacks on the North.

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