Japan's foreign minister to visit U.S. this month to discuss N. Korea


The U.S. and South Korea are expected to hold joint military drills this spring to prepare for the possibility of a conflict with North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during a ceremony celebrating the 99th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement against Japanese colonial rule, at Seodaemun Prison History Hall in Seoul, South Korea, March 1, 2018.

The statement came days after President Donald Trump said Monday that his administration could enter talks with North Korea, but "only under the right conditions".

Experts say the February 13, 2017, death of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport is the only confirmed North Korean use of chemical weapon agents.

Some progress has been reportedly made even during the thaw in the relations between South Korea and North Korea, which was achieved thanks to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Sputnik reported.

The LKP said that National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon and Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon who are being mentioned as likely candidates are unfit to serve as envoy. -North Korea talks were imminent.

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"In decades-long history of the DPRK-US talks, there had been no case at all where we sat with the US on any precondition, and this will be the case in future, too, " a spokesperson for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in comments carried by KCNA.

Quoting an official of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's Institute for American Studies, the Korea Central News Agency said the U.S. was perpetrating a "preposterous fabrication yet again".

"There had been no case at all where we sat with the U.S. on any precondition, and this will be the case in future, too" the spokesman said, according to North Korea's KCNA agency.

Japan is keeping a watchful eye on the recent shift in the North's diplomatic policy and will continue pressuring North Korea until it is prepared to "seek dialogue" and give up its nuclear and missile development programs, the official said.

North Korea has slammed Trump's unilateral sanctions against it, but it said it was open to talks with the United States during senior North Korean officials' visit to South Korea for the Olympics last month. "Phase two may be a very rough thing, may be very, very unfortunate for the world".