Petraeus Sees Tougher North Korea Sanctions Pushing Kim to Talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Less than two weeks after North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile test, South Korea's new president has offered to hold talks at the tense border separating the two Koreas in what would be the rivals' first face-to-face meeting since late 2015.

"Even the most limited strike risks staggering casualties", writes Rich, "because North Korea could retaliate with the thousands of artillery pieces it has positioned along its border with the South. Beyond that, there is no historical precedent for a military attack aimed at destroying a country's nuclear arsenal".

The BBC's Karen Allen in Seoul says the ultimate aim of these talks would be to end the military confrontation that has dominated relations between the two Koreas for decades.

The South Korean official added that the meeting aims to stop "all acts of hostility" near the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) that divides the two nations on the Korean Peninsula.

The North Korea crisis requires similar strategic thinking. The cost to the United States in blood and treasure had also been high with questionable outcome.

It's a tough task for the man who made headlines for helping to free American Otto Warmbier from North Korean detention last month.

A representative for Pan Systems in Singapore denied in March that the organization had any links to the Pyongyang branch of Pan Systems.

In recent years, Seoul and its ally Washington have expressed deep concerns about the North's missile and nuclear programs. Such countries would also like to continue their trade agreements with the United States.

The critical actor in this power play is China. This insulting referenced to Kim Jong-un would definitely have been noted by Pyongyang.

The big hope has been that China, North Korea's main trading partner, would take greater actions to cut off Pyongyang's economic lifeline. But analysts say North Korea may accept the defense talks because it wants the South Korean army to halt loudspeaker broadcasts at the border that began after North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January 2016.

Leonard Adreon, of St. Louis, Mo., is the author of "Hilltop Doc, A Marine Corpsman Fighting Through the Mud and Blood of the Korean War". "They aren't", Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program in the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, previously explained to TheDCNF.

Beijing accounts for about 85% of Pyongyang's imports, according to UN data, providing a key lifeline for the North Korean economy.

But there may have been an ulterior motive in choosing the destination - Singapore-based businesses have been accused in recent years of helping North Korea evade sanctions. Trump has been preoccupied with allegations of Russian involvement in his victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. We need to remember that less significant and major wars, including World War I and II, were often triggered by the ego of leaders.

China's foreign ministry welcomed South Korea's dialogue offer, saying that the move will help ease tensions on the divided peninsula. The situation is complex, difficult and dangerous, but eventually, action will be needed. We can also provide training to the South Koreans as necessary. In addition to their Hwasong-14, they have twice successfully launched satellites from three-stage ballistic rockets, the first stage of which could form the basis for an ICBM capable of reaching the U.S. West Coast. "That is not going to happen". FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015, file photo, North Korean Son Kwon Geun, center, weeps with his South Korean relatives as he bids farewell after the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Kore. That's US$2.5 billion more than the amount initially requested by President Donald Trump.

In short, helping our adversary flourish - and eviscerating a large degree of leverage we might otherwise have as a result - is easier than being fiscally responsible.

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