South and North Korea began to hope that joint Olympics will not be the last step of the two countries towards each other. The official negotiations in Pyeongchang the Olympic delegation of the DPRK on behalf of the country’s leader Kim Jong UN invited the President of South Korea, moon Jae-Ins to visit Pyongyang. If such a meeting takes place, she will be the first inter-Korean summit since 2007. However, not all in delight from such prospect. U.S. urges Seoul not to be above the North Korean regime and increase pressure on him.
Demonstrator burns the flag of North Korea.
Meeting on the sidelines of the Olympic games was held on Saturday, February 10. It was attended by the President of South Korea, moon Jae-In, the formal head of the DPRK Kim Yong Nam and a sister of North Korean leader Kim Jeong. She orally gave Mr. moon the invitation of his brother to visit Pyongyang in the “near future” along with a written message from North Korean leader, — informs the Agency “Renhap”.
However, the leader of South Korea rather vague spoke about the possibility to visit the capital of its Northern neighbor: “Let us make this possible by creating the conditions necessary in the future.” Moon previously has repeatedly expressed that the new inter-Korean summit can be held only if Pyongyang abandons its nuclear program or at least take some steps in this direction.
USA is also cool met peace initiative of North Korea. “The United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan see no reason to stop the policy of economic and political isolation of the DPRK until it abandons its nuclear missile program,” said U.S. Vice-President Michael Penny, coming back from South Korea. During his visit to the Olympic capital, he consistently ignored the North Korean delegation and even refused to attend the event, which he would have to sit with the representatives of the DPRK at the same table.
Despite the conciliatory tone, sound from both sides from the 38th parallel, the question arises about the fate of peace initiatives after the Olympics. Sports festival gives you the opportunity to forget about the differences, but how long will it “effect”?
“Northerners, of course, sent a very serious and representative delegation, a proposal was made to hold the summit, which is quite important and serious, as up to a certain point to statements-moon to the DPRK was skeptical, stressed in a conversation with “MK” leading researcher of the Center for Korean studies Institute of Far Eastern studies, Konstantin Asmolov. But although the fact of the meeting of representatives of the Republic of Korea and the DPRK are very important, it should not be taken out of context. Because the meetings with the North Koreans, President moon Jae In says one thing and the meetings with the Americans — a little more. And it should be noted that when the leader of South Korea talks with the U.S., he explains the initiative of Pyongyang is the fact that a coordinated strategy of pressure on the “mode” and wise sanctions policy paid off and the North Koreans pressed. So Yes, it’s outstretched hand. Perhaps this is even poiata hand, but the question is, what will stand on.
So speaking about the prospects of further warming of relations, it is necessary to pay attention to how the Olympics (whether on its background any incidents) and how will the joint South Korean-us military exercises. After all, in connection with the Olympic games postponed, not canceled. Meanwhile, they always meant the standard “spring fever” of inter-Korean relations.”
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