North Korea refuses Olympic offer from South

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North Korea refuses Olympic offer from South

Several of Moon's picks, including the defense and unification ministers, have yet to be formally appointed, even as the country faces the challenge of stopping North Korea's defiant pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The leaders strongly condemned "continued provocations" by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the statement said amid growing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over the North's nuclear ambitions.

But as such a conciliatory approach can undermine global sanctions imposed on Pyongyang for missile tests and send conflicting messages to Washington, which has so far put denuclearisation above dialogue, analysts say it is critical for Mr Moon to seek understanding from his USA counterpart Donald Trump when they meet for the first time later this week. That, in turn, could help to bring peace in the Korean peninsula and improve relations and Seoul is hopeful that North Korea will agree to the proposal.

South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, says he and President Donald Trump have "a common goal" - the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Krejsa says President Moon is a liberal who favors a softer approach to North Korea than his conservative predecessors.

The Hyundai Research Institute said if sustained, China's curbs on travel, cosmetics and entertainment could cost South Korea over $7 billion this year.

The death last week of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier after a year in North Korean detention added a poignant note to what had been mainly concern about the North's accelerating nuclear and missile threat.

It went as far as to ask that China be sidelined from talks it is willing to hold with the United States that unquestionably would center on North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs.

Chang Ung is here to attend the World Taekwondo Championships, which begun yesterday.

Hours after the president sent out the tweet, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Chinese Secretary of State Yang Jiechi, and a member of the Chinese Central Military Commission Gen. Fang Fenghui, to discuss the North Korean issue.

The South had also suggested letting North Korea host some of the skiing events. Ex-president Park, who was impeached due to a corruption scandal, signed a document approving a "leadership change" in North Korea back in 2015, the national daily reported on Monday, June 26 citing unnamed sources, RT said.

Meanwhile, with each passing day, North Korea continues developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the United States mainland.

South Korea has a policy of accepting defectors from the North - the issue has risen to new prominence after this month's separate crossings by three North Koreans over the closely guarded Demilitarized Zone between the nations.

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