Most of you have probably heard or seen the footage of South Koreans president Moon Jae holding talks with Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
But what you aren’t seeing in the US media reports is the response by some of the Asian-Pacific countries like Japan.
Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono went so far as to warn South Korea that the North “intends to continue its nuclear and missile development”, and that “people should not be blinded by its charm offensive.” He also told reporters that the North “displayed its missiles in a military parade the day before the Olympic Games opened.”
This comes after the US. delegation has been somewhat isolated from South Korea at the Olympic Games last week due to the North Korean delegation being in constat contact with President Moon and going so far as to invite Moon to an unplanned future summit in North Korea. Political parties in South Korea, however, are split on whether President Moon should go to the summit. Conservative party spokesman Rep. Chang Je-won, said “that Moon met four times with the North Korean leader’s sister during her three-day stay in South Korea but failed to bring up the issue of denuclearization. Yoo Seong-min, leader of the minor opposition Bareun Party also voice his opposition to the summit saying “What the president has to do is to put the maximum sanctions and pressure on the North and carry out Korea-U.S. military exercises right after the Olympics while persuading the U.S. not to use a military option (against the North),” and “If we’re going to have an inter-Korean summit without resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, not doing it would be more helpful to our security.” Rep. Lee Jeong-mi of the minor leftist Justice Party voiced his support for the summit saying “A third inter-Korean summit will firmly show to the world that the Korean Peninsula has chosen peace over war,” and that the party would “provide the utmost support for the government’s efforts.” in setting the meeting up. Early Monday (Febuary12th) Rep. Choo Mi-ae, the ruling party leader, welcomed the North’s proposal saying “Should an inter-Korean summit take place, it would be a meaningful starting point toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” and that she “hopes to see the U.S. and the North reopen talks.”
U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence responded on Twitter reaffirming the US and South Korea’s relationship saying “S. Korea stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the U.S & our allies.”
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