Some Are Hoping That The Olympics Has Given Momentum For Talks Between The U.S. And North Korea

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are seen at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 9, 2018.

Sebastian Sprenger, Defense News: Is momentum building for talks between the United States and North Korea?

A Republican lawmaker said the United States is “of course” open to talk with North Korea in an effort to defuse an escalating conflict over that country’s nuclear weapons program.

Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, a member of the Armed Services Committee, made the comment at the Munich Security Conference in response to a question from a Chinese government delegate, who asked whether there was support in Congress to engage in a dialogue with the rogue regime.

A week ago, Vice President Mike Pence first opened the prospect for some form of bilateral engagement all the while continuing the international community’s sanctions in an interview with the Washington Post.

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WNU Editor: This push for talks is coming from South Korean President Moon Jae-in .... South Korean President Hopes Olympics Will Prompt US Dialogue With North (Wall Street Journal). But I do not see it happening. North Korea is not going to end its missile/nuclear programs, but they want the lifting of sanctions .... North Korea likely to seek weakening of global sanctions amid fuel crisis (UPI). The U.S. is not interested in lifting sanctions unless the North Koreans end their missile/nuclear programs. Where is the middle ground to even begin having discussions? There is none. In the end this is a crisis that only the South and North Koreans can resolve .... but South Korean President Moon Jae-in is even backing away from that because he knows too well on far apart all sides are .... South Korean President Moon Jae-in Says It Is Too Soon To Talk To North Korea (February 17, 2018)

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