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[Published: Sunday February 11 2018]

US to maintain pressure on N Korea despite overtures

Washington 11 Feb (ANA) - US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country and South Korea are in complete agreement on the need to maintain pressure on North Korea.
 
Speaking on his way home from the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Mr Pence said there was "no daylight" between the two allies on the issue.
 
The Games has seen better ties between the two Koreas despite tensions over the North's nuclear programme. But the US has distanced itself from the North Korean overtures.
 
On Saturday North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited the South's President, Moon Jae-in, to Pyongyang for talks. It would be the first summit in more than a decade between Korean leaders. Mr Moon said the Koreas should "make it happen" and encouraged the North to return to negotiations with the US.
 
However, his Prime Minister, Lee Nak-yeon, said on Sunday he hoped "the right conditions" would be created for the summit to be held, with support from the international community. He did not specify what conditions he had in mind.
 
Pyongyang's nuclear programme is expected to hang over any attempts to bring the countries closer together.(ANA)
FA/ANA/11 February 2018--------
 

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