North Korea showdown as Kim and MORTAL ENEMY set for explosive meeting

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But so far the Kim Jong Un government has rejected most of these overtures. That means that North Korea's irrational, anti-American leader Kim Jong Un is well on his way, if not already there, to having inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could reach Alaska, Hawaii and probably cities on our West Coast.

He laid out a vision for denuclearizing the peninsula and bringing permanent peace to it through dialogue and tension-easing measures.

Until a breakthrough is achieved, Petraeus said, North Korea will be the centerpiece of U.S.

Moon's point man on the North sought to assure the communist state of the South's sincerity and seriousness behind Monday's proposal.

Cho added that the South did not engage in any back-channel dialogue with the North before making the proposals.

In a statement, Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo Suk said on Monday, that the South's defense officials are proposing talks to be held at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday aimed at ending hostile activities along the border.

"The last such reunions were almost two years ago".

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With North Korea pushing to expand its nuclear and missile arsenals, relations between the two Koreas are at one of their lowest points in decades.

But analysts say North Korea may accept the defense talks because it wants the South Korean army to halt loudspeaker broadcasts at the border that began after North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January 2016.

Myanmar is a key country of interest, because it is unclear whether the country's military still purchases weapons from North Korea.

Seoul expects to achieve another goal - restoring direct communication channels with the North, all of which have been severed since the shutdown of a joint industrial complex in Kaesong early a year ago.

The unification minister also urged the North to reconnect the communication lines at an early date. The method of the North's response this time remains to be seen.

"North Korea should respond to our honest proposals if it really seeks peace on the Korean Peninsula", said Cho Myoung-gyon, Seoul's unification minister in charge of North Korea affairs. But how? Washington announced a $1 billion plus arms deal with Taiwan and sent a USA warship on a freedom of navigation/right of innocent passage voyage, passing within 12 miles of a Chinese island base in the South China Sea, eliciting strong protests from Beijing, but that's not almost enough to persuade the Chinese to take action to prevent what they themselves say is the risk of events spiraling out of control with catastrophic results that neither of us want.

The North has traditionally tried to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington, observers pointed out.

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