January 3, 2018
The State Department says the U.S. is not opposed to the idea of talks between North Korea and South Korea.
Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it’s up to Seoul to decide whether to engage in the negotiations.
This comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claimed in his New Year’s address that he’s — quote — “open to dialogue.”
The State Department said it’s possible North Korea might be trying to drive a wedge between the U.S. and its allies in the Far East.
However, Nauert expressed doubt that any negotiations will actually take place.
“If the Republic of Korea and the DPRK want to have a conversation that’s fine, but we aren’t going to necessarily believe Kim Jong Un is sincere and is credible in his talks,” said Spokeswoman Nauert. “Kim Jong Un may be trying to drive a wedge of some sort between the two nations, between our nation and the Republic of Korea…I can assure you that that will not happen.”
Kim Jong Un ordered to re-open a cross-border hot-line with South Korea Wednesday after Seoul officially proposed talks with the North for next week.