US, Japan Negative about S. Korea's Offer for Inter-Korean Talks

Write : 2017-07-18 08:35:16 Update : 2017-07-18 09:31:00

US, Japan Negative about S. Korea's Offer for Inter-Korean Talks

The U.S. has expressed its negative view on South Korea’s recent proposals for dialogue with North Korea.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday during a news briefing that current conditions are "far away" from those needed to reopen dialogue with the North.
Japan also downplayed Seoul’s offer to hold military talks with Pyongyang, saying it’s time for pressure, not dialogue with North Korea.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Norio Maruyama on Monday told reporters in New York that the priority should be piling pressure on Pyongyang through sanctions and that this is a time to raise pressure in order to conduct serious dialogue.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Ministry hailed the South’s proposals as "positive messages," saying that improving inter-Korean relations through dialogue helps ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a regular news briefing on Monday that China hopes both sides on the peninsula can work together in a positive direction and create conditions to break the stalemate and resume dialogue and consultation.
He added that China expects other countries to understand and support the talks and play a constructive role in resolving the issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula. 

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