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GOJ welcomes planned North-South talks, but wary of ROK’s moves after Olympics

Fuji TV reported at noon that although the GOJ had anticipated the postponement of joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea, the GOJ is wary of South Korea’s moves after the Winter Olympics are over. The network said although some within the GOJ welcome the planned North-South talks, one official pointed out that North Korea is not intending to hold serious dialogue and stressed that Japan will continue to apply maximum pressure on the North together with the U.S. and South Korea. The network also quoted a senior GOJ official as saying that “North Korea is just buying time” and “hoping to confuse the U.S., Japan, and South Korea.” Another GOJ official also reportedly said that “South Korea is being pulled along at North Korea’s pace,” expressing concern that South Korea will adopt a flexible attitude toward the North depending on North Korea’s moves after the PyeongChang Olympics and disrupt the trilateral cooperation of the U.S., Japan, and South Korea.

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