South Korea's K-pop singers to perform in Pyongyang

21 March, 2018, 08:06 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • US holds trilateral meeting on N. Korea denuclearization

The timing and size of the annual manoeuvrs are especially sensitive this year because of heightened tension over the North's accelerated work last year on a nuclear-armed missile potentially capable of reaching the United States - followed, unexpectedly, by prospects for a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis.

The South Korean official said consultations were underway over whether US strategic assets such as nuclear-powered aircraft carriers or bombers would be deployed for the drills.

North Korea has been notified of the schedule "as well as the defensive nature" of the exercises, the Pentagon said.

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Singer and producer Soon Sang led South Korea's delegation during talks today. No statements were given when they left in the afternoon but South Korean delegate Kim Joon-Hyung, professor of worldwide politics from Handong Global University, told reporters later that the talks had been "productive" and that the atmosphere had been good.

Delegation leader Chung Eui-yong, South Korea's national security adviser, said Kim committed to denuclearization and expressed eagerness to meet Trump as soon as possible, an offer the US president quickly accepted. Last year, Foal Eagle began on March 1 and continued until the end of April, lasting a total of two months.

The Pentagon said in a short statement that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his South Korean counterpart, Song Young-moo, had agreed to go forward with the exercises, known as Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, "at a scale similar to that of previous years".

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have kept out of the public eye for about two weeks, indicating that he is occupied with preparations for upcoming summits with Seoul and Washington, Yonhap reported.

The head of the South's delegation Chung Eui-yong, told a media briefing: "North Korea made clear its willingness to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and the fact there is no reason for it to have a nuclear programme if military threats against the North are resolved and its regime is secure". -South Korean military exercises would continue this year. Yong-Pill is said to be the last South Korean singer to perform in the North around 13 years ago. Calls for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons will feature prominently on the agenda, but artists are simply expected to focus on their performances.

Washington watched closely for any reaction from Pyongyang to the announcement Tuesday that joint U.S.

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