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U.S. extends dialogue overtures to North Korea

Nikkei focused on press remarks made on Monday in Manila by Secretary of State Tillerson, who said: “The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches.” Explaining that the Trump administration has been demanding that Pyongyang must halt nuclear development immediately if it wants to hold dialogue with Washington, the daily claimed that Tillerson apparently “relaxed” the precondition for dialogue perhaps in order to enlist cooperation from China, who has been asking the U.S. to resume dialogue with the North. The article also pointed out that calls are growing within the U.S. for the Trump administration to take a more flexible and realistic approach toward North Korea in view of its steady progress in acquiring nuclear and ballistic missile expertise. Speculating that Washington may be tempted to cut a deal with the DPRK on the condition that it abandon its ICBM program, the daily expressed apprehension that the U.S. may end up giving the Kim dynasty a tacit green light for the development and deployment of intermediate ballistic missiles that are not capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.  

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