Olympics along with family reunions signal thaw in relations

Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korea's unification minister, left, along with Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, shake hands while posing for photographs during a meeting inside the village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Paju, South Korea, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

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Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korea’s unification minister, left, along with Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, shake hands while posing for photographs during a meeting inside the village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Paju, South Korea, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

The launches have ratcheted up tensions between the state along with the U.S., with Trump warning North Korea after the November missile launch not to make a “fatal miscalculation.”

Although North Korea has been given some priority by Trump, the U.S. has said the idea will only consider negotiations to end the nuclear weapons crisis if the state ceases to fire ballistic missiles, something which North Korea appears unlikely to give up.

Ian Bremmer, head of Eurasia Group, said on Monday which the latest talks were a positive sign, as well as North Korea’s attendance at the Winter Olympics, nevertheless added which the state was likely to return to its missile testing.

“The North Koreans see their only effective defense against a more antagonistic along with unpredictable United States as strengthening their proven deterrent capability against the American homeland. which means perfecting ICBM launch along with reentry capabilities; which likely includes a (considerably more provocative) full horizontal test into the Pacific Ocean,” Bremmer said in a note Monday.

“President Trump along with, most recently, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, say they’ll accept no negotiations absent a willingness on the part of North Korea to cease tests (along with potentially commit to denuclearization); North Korea sees significant expansion of its nuclear along with ballistic missile programs as a precondition to any negotiation.”

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