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Myanmar insists no North Korea links as US envoy visits

18 Julio 2017

It is unclear if North Korea would agree to the proposed talks as it remains suspicious of the South Korean president's overtures, seeing the new leader's more liberal policy as still resorting to the US to force North Korea to disarm.

Although some observers expressed optimism that North Korea would accept the offer, Yonhap postulates that North Korea will sabotage negotiations by unreasonably demanding an end to South Korean drills with the United States while refusing to budge on its own nuclear and ICBM programs. North Korea sometimes rebuffs South Korean diplomatic advances by treating "reunification" as a South Korean scheme to topple the Kim regime and effectively reintegrate the Korean peninsula by conquest.

Earlier this month, Moon said in a speech in Germany that he's willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if certain conditions are met. Moon also said the two Koreas must halt hostile activities along the border, restart family reunions and cooperate on the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Though plenty of sanctions have been lifted on Myanmar since the country's reforms, those with respect to North Korea have stayed in place, according to Ruggiero.

A barbed-wire fence separating North Korea from China is seen in this photo taken from the Chinese border city of Hunchun, China, March 18, 2015.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon told a news briefing: "Talks and cooperation between the two Koreas to ease tension and bring about peace on the Korean peninsula will be instrumental for pushing forth a mutual, virtuous cycle for inter-Korea relations and North Korea's nuclear problem".

"At a minimum, he's going there to remind them that we (the United States) are watching", said Anthony Ruggiero, a former deputy director of the US Treasury Department and an expert in the use of targeted financial measures, during a panel sponsored by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies last week.

North Korea raised the stakes earlier this month with a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that its defence officials said marked the "final step" in creating a "confident and powerful nuclear state that can strike anywhere on earth".

The Red Cross said it hoped for "a positive response" from its counterpart in the North, hoping to hold family reunions in early October.

"It is time for the US to renew its perspective on the DPRK's strategic position which has reached the dazzling heights, and to act with prudence", the statement said. But he has achieved little progress, with North Korea test-firing a series of newly developed missiles.

Despite the North's aggression and increasingly belligerent noises from Washington, South Korea's President Moon Jae In has emphasised the importance of getting Pyongyang back to the negotiating table. The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 that was passed by the House contained a section proposed by Liz Cheney, representative for Wyoming, that describes a plan to strengthen the US's capability for expanded deterrence and defense commitments to allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

China can expect more banks to suffer the fate of the Bank of Dandong.

North Korea has yet to respond.

"However, it is inviting its ultimate doom by resorting to the sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK".

Myanmar insists no North Korea links as US envoy visits