南北朝鮮のホットラインが2年ぶりに復活: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年01月03日

南北朝鮮のホットラインが2年ぶりに復活

1st contact in nearly 2 years: North Korea calls South via cross-border hotline
North Korea was first to use a border hotline with the South which resumed operation after an exchange of messages between Pyongyang and Seoul. Officials reportedly spoke for 20 minutes to make sure that the line works.

South and North Korea made their first contact at the border village of Panmunjom via a communication channel which Pyongyang ordered brought back online earlier on Wednesday, Yonhap reported. South Korea’s unification ministry said that “A North Korean official first contacted the South side via the channel.”

Future discussions will focus on sending North Korean athletes to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics which will kick off in South Korea next month, according to the statement issued by an unnamed Northern official.

The North will open dialogue at 7:00am GMT (3:00 pm Pyongyang time) at the shared border village of Panmunjom, the statement said as cited by Yonhap.

Kim Jong-un had said he was open to talks with Seoul in his New Year address, saying the two Koreas should "lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment." Kim added that efforts should be made by “both the North and the South."

The presidential office in Seoul welcomed the reconciliatory message. Cho Myoung-gyon, Minister for Unification, proposed that representatives of both Koreas meet next Tuesday in Panmunjom to discuss “the North’s participation in the [Olympic] games and ways to improve inter-Korean ties in a frank manner,” as cited by Yonhap.

The promising exchange of peace messages apparently went unnoticed in the US. Earlier, President Donald Trump fired off an angry tweet responding to Kim Jong-un’s New Year message in which the North Korean leader claimed, “The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk.”

The US President tweeted in return he wants “someone from his depleted and food starved regime” to inform Kim that not only is POTUS’ “Nuclear Button” bigger and better, but it actually works.

At lower levels of Washington’s administration, several officials said the US will continue to pressurize North Korea as previously. Asked to comment on the prospect of a peaceful solution to the Korean crisis, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday “our policy on North Korea hasn’t changed at all” and that the US “is committed and will still continue to put maximum pressure on North Korea to change and make sure that it denuclearizes the Peninsula.”

Echoing the White House’s statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters: “If the Republic of Korea and the DPRK [official abbreviation for North Korea] want to have a conversation, that’s fine, but we aren’t going to necessarily believe that Kim Jong-un is sincere and is credible in his talks.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:11| Comment(1) | 国際・政治
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we aren’t going to necessarily believe that Kim Jong-un is sincere and is credible in his talks.

いやぁ〜、あなた方米国の政治家や日本国の先生方に比べれば、よっぽどsincere and credible に思うんだけど♪
Posted by デスラー at 2018年01月04日 00:32
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