US, South Korea, Look to Diplomacy to Tame Kim Jong Un

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Some analysts have said North Korea may be using the talks to attempt to drive a wedge between the us and South Korea.

Tensions between North Korea and the US have spiked following Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test in September.

The Trump administration has repeatedly said all options are on the table when dealing with the rogue state. At the same time, the report noted that the US Treasury Department had added the owner of one of the ships, the Ul Ji Bong 6, to a list of sanction targets on January 24 after the vessel delivered North Korean coal to Kholmsk on September 5. "It's an global problem that requires an worldwide solution", said Mattis.

The talks are seen as an important step as it is the first time the North and South have been in dialogue in around two years.

The Pentagon rejected that idea, although it didn't give a new start date for the exercises.

North and South Korea remain in a technical state of war, since their 1950s conflict ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.

USA and South Korean military officials insist the war games, which involve tens of thousands of troops, are defensive in nature and necessary to maintain a constant state of readiness. "The global pressure campaign [against North Korea] must continue", Mattis declared, adding that "our aim remains a complete and verifiable and irreversible de-nuclearization (CVID) of the Korean Peninsula".

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Lee is the widow of former South Korean President and Nobel Peace Prize victor Kim Dae-jung, who is remembered for his rapprochement policies with the North that led to a historic summit with late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2000.

"Any efforts to drive a wedge in the U.S. -ROK Alliance would fail", it said.

"It is a realistic guess that a vicious circle of repeated provocations and sanctions could come back soon", he said.

North Korean officials on Saturday wrapped up a three-day visit to South Korea where they examined Olympic stadiums, hotels and concert halls that will potentially be used by North Korean athletes and other delegates headed to next month's Pyeongchang Winter Games. Earlier this week, a delegation of North Korean ice hockey players crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea to meet with their new teammates. It test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test past year.

Washinton:US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says that Olympics talks between North and South Korea should not lead to distraction from the goal of denuclearizing Pyongyang.

Some 28,500 US servicemembers are based in South Korea, which remains technically at war with the North after their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

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