State Dept. Okay’s North-South Korea Talks, Doubts Pyongyang’s Credibility

January 3, 2018
OAN Newsroom

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.

U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a press briefing. (Photo/AP)

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.

  • Tango Uniform

    Anyone who believes the Norks are serious should stop smoking so much dope.

  • Disgusted by the Misleadia

    It’s a trap!

  • gregg56

    Seems Reuters does not realize that we do not have to OK anything that another country does.

    • Disgusted by the Misleadia

      Reuters certainly wrote an inflammatory headline.

      The State Dept. spokesman explicitly said it was up to South Korea. They didn’t ask for our approval, and she didn’t offer it.

      • Sure, Not

        As much as Roiders is guilty of click-bait-styled headlines these days, this story carries an OAN byline.

  • Scotty

    The SK president is an idiot.

  • Legion

    I think I have a crush on Heather Nauert! <3<3

    • Varangian Guard

      Certainly easier on the eyes and ears than the previous administration’s representatives.

  • R.L.

    As long as the United States doe not give so much as one penny to NK. I do not care what happens over there. Let FatKim starve the military and the people. Just do not feed them at Americas expense. The money will only go toward making nukes anyway. That is where it always goes.

    • brad m

      That’s what most if not all dictators do.. so sad that people are that power hungry

    • Sure, Not

      The good news is that if SK pursues the talks without US involvement, they will be unable to credibly promise US handouts. Trump certainly won’t support that, as he was finally starting to get some traction by “negotiating” from a position of strength, rather than the weak & scared posture of the SK President.

  • Javanne

    I’m sure the South Korean president doesn’t give a rat’s a@@ what the US State Department thinks or says. (He’s the South Korean version of Obama.) We in the US shouldn’t either. It’s headed by someone who thinks and sounds like Kerry.

    • larryjcr

      Actually, this is kind of amusing. For more than sixty years, NK has been demanding talks with the US that do not include SK on the grounds that the government of SK was (according to NK) nothing but a puppet of the US and NK was the ONLY legitimate representative of the Korean people.

      • Sure, Not

        Indeed, now that the US has somebody with a backbone in power, NK is willing to talk to the nearest weak empty suit available.

  • Roy Beane

    Politicians keep making the same mistakes over and over and they never seem to learn anything. Chamberlain thought Hitler wanted peace, too, back in 1938 and now we see another modern day equivalent of that fiasco about to take shape again. Same old song over and over, just different faces.

    • nfcapitalist

      How can the obvious be this hard to understand… North Korea has been in the world’s best yoyo contest in ‘threats for Ca$h’ and American politicians have been losing for decades… dumb is having the capacity to understand, having been exposed to the information, and still doing it wrong.

    • Disgusted by the Misleadia

      History will remember Bill Clinton along with Neville Chamberlain, who both thought appeasement was the appropriate response to dictators.