North and South Korea Set Bold Goals: A Final Peace and No Nuclear Arms – New York Times

GOOGLE NEWS SEOUL, South Korea — The leaders of North and South Korea agreed on Friday to work to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and, within the year, pursue talks with the United States to declare an official end to the Korean War, which ravaged the peninsula from 1950 to 1953. At a historic summit meeting, the first time a North Korean leader had ever set foot in the South, the leaders vowed to negotiate a peace treaty to replace a truce that has kept an uneasy peace on the divided Korean Peninsula for more than...

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Suddenly, an Olympic Charm Offensive From Kim Jong-un – New York Times

GOOGLE NEWS Advertisement SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, spent 2017 rattling the world with nuclear and long-range missile tests. Now, the new year has brought him an ideal opportunity for a sudden charm offensive: the Winter Olympics. The announcement on Tuesday that the North would participate in the Olympics in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang next month — and that the Koreas would hold a variety of talks and other exchanges aimed at defusing tensions — was welcomed in the South as a reprieve from a tense year, marked by rapid advances in the...

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North and South Korea Begin First Direct Talks in Years – New York Times

GOOGLE NEWS Advertisement SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea began their first direct talks in more than two years on Tuesday, starting a dialogue that raised hopes for a thaw after months of escalating tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons program. The meeting between Cho Myoung-gyon, the South Korean cabinet minister in charge of relations with the North, and his North Korean counterpart, Ri Son-kwon, opened at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the village of Panmunjom, according to pool reports from the South Korean news media, taking place in the middle of the world’s most dangerous and fortified...

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Kim Jong-un’s Overture to South Korea Signals Possible Thaw in Nuclear Crisis – New York Times

GOOGLE NEWS Advertisement SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, moved Monday to ease his country’s isolation by offering to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, even as he claimed to have accomplished the ability to launch a nuclear missile at the mainland United States. Mixing the nuclear threat with an overture for easing tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula, Mr. Kim proposed immediate dialogue with South Korea to discuss the North’s participation in the Olympics. If such talks were held, they would mark the first time the two Koreas have...

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