North Korea rejects the offer of dialogue from the South
North Korea rejects the offer of dialogue from the South. A rare encounter that does not seem to have borne fruit. The North Korea swept a proposal Seoul dialog during an exchange between the two foreign ministers in Manila reported on Monday the agency South Korean Yonhap after hardening of UN sanctions against Pyongyang.
South Korean Minister Kang Kyung-Wha called on Pyongyang to accept his offer of dialogue to ease tensions in the peninsula and a new meeting of war-separated families in a brief meeting Sunday before a regional forum in Manila Of Korea (1950-53).
But Yonhap, who quotes an official of the South Korean Foreign Ministry, said his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho replied that Seoul’s proposals were not sincere. “Given the current situation in which the South is working with the United States to increase pressure on the North, such proposals lack sincerity,” he said.
Pressure and sanctions
The growing threat posed by Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions dominates the discussions in Manila, where the foreign ministers of the major powers involved in the crisis are present, at a forum of the Association of South- East Asia (ASEAN) on security.
Washington and Beijing have tightened pressure on Pyongyang as the United Nations has just adopted a tightening of sanctions against North Korea after two trials of intercontinental ballistic missiles that put part of the American continent within its reach.
A conflict could cause a million deaths and injuries in a few months
The announcement of the meeting came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for a “peaceful and diplomatic settlement” of the crisis in a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump. It is estimated that even a “conventional” conflict on the Korean peninsula could result in one million deaths and injuries in just a few months.
Moon Jae-in told the head of the White House that Seoul “could not allow a new war to break out” after the Korean War that sealed the division of the Korean peninsula, said the Blue House, South Presidency -corean, in a statement. The day before, HR McMaster, a National Security Advisor to President Trump, said that he was studying plans for a possible “preventive war”. “He said he would not allow North Korea to threaten the United States,” he said.