North Korea No Longer Demands US Troops Be Removed From South Korea

The world has South Korean President Moon Jae-In for initiating warmer, friendlier relations with Kim and President Trump for showing the rogue leader that the free world would not stand for his threats of nuclear war.

The line connects Moon's office in the presidential Blue House - a mansion set behind a medieval palace and back-dropped by a scenic mountain in central Seoul - with Kim's State Affairs Commission, a Blue House official confirmed. The North's state media reported the outing referring to her as the "respected First Lady" - the first time the title has been used in more than 40 years, and with the addition of an adjective usually reserved for the country's leaders.

Reclusive North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because the 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

North Korea has said over the years that it could consider giving up its nuclear arsenal if the United States removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan.

White House officials added, amid confirmation of their support for peace, that they've been holding very high level direct talks with North Korea.

At the meeting in Panmunjom, the Koreas may agree on measures to reduce tension across their heavily-armed border and regular communication on a new hotline between their leaders.

This will be the third inter-Korean summit between both countries, after summits previously held in 2000 and 2007.

North Korea strongly protests the drills, viewing them as a pretext for an invasion and emblematic of what it considers the USA policy to destroy the regime.

However, in the burgeoning spirit of openness and diplomacy, Moon said Kim is willing to give up U.S. troops' removal as a precondition for discussions over denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Is the communist state paper on the early stages of pre-conditioning the minds of North Koreans not to accept peace with the United States in the time of Kim Jong-Un?

The announcement about the extra funds comes after President Trump revealed CIA Director Mike Pompeo had met with Kim to lay the groundwork for a possible meeting between the two leaders.

This is a substantial change in North Korea's deterrent calculation.

The two Korean leaders prepare to meet next week in what is seen as paving the way for the US-North Korea summit.

Although Moon reported that North Korea isn't asking for the USA troops to leave, he said the North still wants the United States to end its "hostile" policy and offer security guarantees.

Administration officials have been extremely circumspect about what Mr Pompeo discussed with Mr Kim during their meeting over Easter weekend.

It is the latest step in a whirlwind of diplomacy on and around the Korean peninsula, triggered by the Winter Olympics in the South.

  • Leroy Wright