Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

India tightens curbs on trade with North Korea

India tightens curbs on trade with North Korea

Both Washington and Pyongyang have expressed their willingness to talk, but the U.S.is still seen to be skeptical about the North's intentions.

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Despite the recent thaw in relations between North and South Korea, South Korea will nonetheless reportedly go forward with planned annual war games with the USA throughout March and April.

Washington is unlikely to accept any of this, but momentum in inter-Korean ties - South Korea's president has agreed to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un next month - means there's a real chance that negotiations could take place. For more on this, RT America's Ed Schultz speaks with geopolitical strategist at Trilogy Advisors John Sitilides.

North Korea also said it's willing to hold "candid" talks with the United States to discuss the issues of "denuclearization" and normalizing ties.

To create a credible deterrent to the United States, North Korea would have to show it has the ability to launch multiple missiles at once to circumvent USA anti-missile defenses in the event of war.

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The most effective way for Washington and Pyongyang to proceed might be an exchange of special envoys, who could work on a potential summit between Kim Jong Un and Trump, said analyst Hong Min at Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification.

North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

"The U.S. -Japan alliance may not be as strong as the Japanese believed it was", he said, adding that Tokyo's weaker presence as a player in dealing with Pyongyang under such a scenario would, in turn, make it even more hard for it to secure the release of abductees kidnapped by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s - one of the top policy priorities for the Abe administration. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned. The United States and our allies remain committed to applying maximum pressure on the Kim regime to end their nuclear program. "May be false hope, but the U.S.is ready to go hard in either direction!" "We have come certainly a long way, at least rhetorically, with North Korea", he told reporters.

Some of that work can be done on the ground, although a live test will eventually be needed as North Korea has never flown a missile at a trajectory that would simulate a long-range flight, experts say.

"Hopefully we'll go in the very very peaceful, handsome path", the president said. "I think we're having very good dialogue, and we're going to certainly find out pretty soon what's happening, but we have made progress, there's no question about it".

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