A window of opportunity for talks between North Korea and the US?

VPOTUS Mike Pence said that during conversations with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, the U.S. and SK had agreed on terms for “further engagement” with the North. Such an engagement would be conducted first by the South Koreans and “potentially” with the U.S. shortly thereafter. How do you read this statement, do you see any potential window of opportunity for diplomatic talks between North Korea and the US? Read few comments.

US Vice President Mike Pence meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Credit: https://kr.usembassy.gov

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North Korea: Any progress beyond the Olympics detente?

It seems that South Korean President Moon Jae-in is quite heavily betting on Korean Olympic display of unity. But what would have to happen to make it really matter? Does it mean anything for the situation on Korean Peninsula or it is safe to say that everybody will revert to old ways after the Olympics?

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How important are North Korea-South Korea Olympics talks?

Do you see any signs that Olympics talks between North Korea and South Korea may lead to something more substantial than just to North Korea’s Olympics participation, in general how important do you find this talks? Read few comments.


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Will Olympics in Pyeongchang bring North Korea to negotiations?

Do you think the topic of the upcoming Olympics could be interesting enough for North Korea to talk as was suggested by South Korea? see e. g. A the end it could be perhaps good for North Korea to participate at Olympics to show goodwill. Read few comments.


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Another North Korea’s nuclear test and what’s next

North Korea just announced successful test of H-bomb. While it will be discussed it seems that NK nuclear/missile program is really advanced. How do you see this and, I know it is a huge issue, but what is your preferable scenario how to deal with North Korea? Read few comments.


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What’s next for South Korea after presidential election?

How much and how was the presidential election campaing in South Korea affected by current tensions with North Korea and what do you expect from the new presidenitial administration (President Moon Jae-in?) towards North Korea? Read few comments. (I have asked those questions before exit poll suggesting that Moon Jae-in won the election).

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Why is China criticizing THAAD in South Korea?

China once again denounces the deployment of THAAD, Russia is also critical. In your opinion, is THAAD a right answer to North Korea missile threat and how do you perceive the objections of China, Russia that it damages the regional strategic balance and stability? Read few comments.

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, (THAAD). Credit: https://www.army.mil

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