Kyodo highlighted press remarks made in Cairo on Monday by Secretary of State Tillerson, who was asked by a reporter about the possibility of holding dialogue with the DPRK. The Secretary was quoted as saying: “It’s really up to the North Koreans to decide when they’re ready to engage with us in a sincere way, a meaningful way. They know what has to be on the table for conversations.”
In a related development, Yomiuri and Sankei focused on remarks made on Tuesday by South Korean President Moon, who said during his meeting with the visiting Latvian president that the United States views inter-Korean dialogue positively and that it has expressed readiness to hold dialogue with North Korea. The dailies speculated that the ROK leader made this comment with Vice President Pence’s recent interview with the Washington Post in mind. Yomiuri quoted an ROK government source as saying: “The U.S.’s attitude is growing very close to ours.” Sankei suspected that by emphasizing Washington’s “pro-dialogue” posture, the South Korean leader appears to be aiming to further boost the momentum for reconciliation with Pyongyang. Mainichi wrote that the Abe administration is alarmed by South Korea’s accelerated rapprochement with its northern neighbor.