President Joe Biden ‘s administration has offered to meet unconditionally with North Korea, and his ally on the peninsula feels the timing today is right, Newsweek has learned from officials in Washington and Seoul. Amid an apparent easing of tensions in the region that has emerged over the past week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s government sees an opportunity to work with the United States to rekindle efforts for peace before he leaves office early next year. The sudden shift in atmosphere between North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), came about as both sides announced on July 27 that contact had been reestablished across the Demilitarized Zone that separates them, ending 14 months of silence along these cross-border communication lines. Last year’s suspension of contact was initiated by Pyongyang in response to South Korean activists sending anti-North Korean government leaflets across the border. But cutting these ties last June was also one of many signals from North Korea at the time, along with the detonating of a joint liaison office with South Korea, that the historic yet stalled talks launched alongside Seoul and Washington in 2018 were… Read full this story
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