The United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has refuted any intentions by the US government from making any contacts that were proposed between Pyongyang and Seoul. Haley said that the Trump administration can never take any talks like those seriously if the repressive regime led by Kim Jong Un failed to abandon its ballistic nuclear missile program. The dismissive assessment by Nikki Haley of negotiations between South and North Korea was in sharp contrast with the more cautious response issued by the US State Department led by Rex Tillerson.
The statement was an example where the US ambassador to the UN had a different opinion on issues regarding foreign policy from Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State. The State Department and the White House denied that Kim Jong Un was successful in driving a wedge in the relationship between Seoul and Washington. This was after Kim agreed to send a delegation of North Korean officials from Pyongyang to South Korea in February during the Winter Olympics. However, there has been a clear contrast between Seoul government’s willingness that were expressed in a statement on Tuesday and the remarks made by Nikki Haley.
Cho Myoung-on, the minister of unification in South Korea, said that his government had proposed to hold high-level talks with Pyongyang in Panmunjom, a border village located in the 38th parallel. It is in the village of Panmunjom where the two countries last made any form of communication in the last 24 months. The state radio in Pyongyang said that an inter-Korean line for communication that passes through the demilitarized zone was set to be reopened on Wednesday at 3 PM Pyongyang time. According to the Yonhap news agency, Cho said that they had hoped to hold talks with Pyongyang on the whether a North Korean delegation would be participating in the Pyeongchang Games including other issues that were of mutual interest to the two countries in the Korean peninsula.
When Nikki Haley was asked to respond on the statement by their South Korean allies, she noted that the US government would not take any such talks seriously if Pyongyang did not abandon its nuclear missile program and destroy its stockpiles of missiles of mass destruction. She added that the trump administration considers North Korea to be a very reckless and irresponsible regime which had starved a and killed millions of its people. Haley said that intelligence reports had indicated that Kim’s government was planning to carry out further nuclear missile tests in the future.