President Moon Jae-in said that there is “no reason for confrontation” between the two Koreas Tuesday, a day after the restoring of cross-border hotlines, stressing the importance of co-prosperity with the North.
South Korea's top nuclear envoy departed for the United States on Sunday for talks on efforts to resume dialogue with North Korea, the Foreign Ministry said.
The U.S. and Russian top nuclear envoys are visiting South Korea this week to discuss ways to get the North to return to the dialogue table in the midst of the ongoing Seoul-Washington summertime military drill.
The Joe Biden administration, while saying it is open to dialogue, is drawing its line in terms of its approach to North Korea in regard to making any concessions or compromising on the Seoul-Washington military drills.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman evaded answering whether Washington will provide any incentives to get Pyongyang to return to the negotiation table during her visit to Seoul last week.
Despite the North Korean leader's sister throwing cold water on Washington's latest outreach efforts, the U.S. State Department stressed that it still maintains its offer to engage with Pyongyang without preconditions.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s appointment of a new special envoy for North Korea signals Washington’s readiness for dialogue, said U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman Wednesday, encouraging Pyongyang to “take us up on that possibility.”
The United States is open to sharing Covid-19 vaccines with North Korea if it gets a request, CNN reported Tuesday, which could be a step toward resuming diplomatic dialogue with Pyongyang.
The United States will hold North Korea accountable for its “egregious human rights violations,” an issue that will be a key part of the Joe Biden administration’s overarching policy toward Pyongyang, said a U.S. diplomat Tuesday.
High-profile corruption and sexual harassment cases involving public officials and curbs on freedom of speech were among human rights concerns in South Korea highlighted by a U.S. State Department annual report.