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N.Korea demands complete halt to US-S.Korea drills

14 Janvier 2018

Last year Kim Jong-un shocked the world with the unexpected speed of his nuclear missile development, his brutal crackdown on apparent rivals and suspicions that he ordered the assassination of his half-brother with a chemical nerve agent. This decision may have been the key element in the North's agreement to meet with the South.

North Korea has not yet responded to the plan from South Korea but it is likely it will be raised if the two countries hold talks in Panmunjeom next week.

On Tuesday, North Korea agreed to send a large delegation to the Games, which open in Pyeongchang on 9 February. A pre-emptive US attack could provoke a devastating retaliation by North Korea against the South, whose capital Seoul lies with the range of North Korean artillery and rockets. Trump has since encouraged the limited talks between the two Koreas, calling them a "big start" and saying it would be "great for humanity" if something beyond cooperation in the winter games resulted.

Seoul and Washington are longtime allies, with a formal mutual defence treaty dating back to the Korean ceasefire of 1953. Trump has denied pursuing a "bloody nose" strategy and agreed with South Korea to delay an annual joint military exercise that was scheduled to take place during the Winter Olympics.

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What the Trump administration can take credit for is building a robust worldwide coalition around the demand that North Korea must eventually give up its nuclear weapons.

The exact dates of the future talks were to be announced by Seoul later this week. -South Korean military exercises, with pleas for more and bigger war games to show Kim Jong-Un he can never "drive a wedge" between those "ironclad" allies, the US and South Korea. Tillerson reportedly said that inter-Korean dialogue was "very encouraging" and called for close deliberation with South Korea and the US. The IOC has proposed a meeting in Lausanne on January 20 with four participants, including representatives of the IOC, the South and North Korean Olympic committees, and the PyeongChang Olympics Organizing Committee.

Russian Federation has voted at the United Nations in favour of worldwide sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear programme, while urging the West to show restraint and calling for talks over the issue. Cheerleaders, artists, spectators, a taekwondo demonstration team and North Korean news media are also expected to attend the Games and eyes are on how *big of a delegation it will be compared to previous Olympics North Korea has participated in. There is no guarantee relations will remain so good afterwards.

The Games are being held in a remote, previously low-key corner of South Korea, far from the traditional winter sports markets of Europe and North America. Even as he first made overtures to the South in his new year's speech, Mr Kim reiterated the "reality" that North Korea is a nuclear state and will "mass-produce" nuclear weapons. There may be signs of a thaw on the Korean peninsula but thaw in the frozen relations between the U.S. and North Korea are nowhere on the horizon.

N.Korea demands complete halt to US-S.Korea drills