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Emmanuel Macron optimistic about new negotiations on peace in Korean Peninsula

Emmanuel Macron optimistic about new negotiations on peace in Korean Peninsula

Nazrin Mather

Published: 20 Jan 2018 6:05 AM GMT
Stability on the Korean peninsula has been a round-table question for a long time now. With the Winter Olympics flagging off next month in South Korea, the world expects hopefully some positive signs on the stability stakes between the two Koreas.
French President Emmanuel Macron reveries a fresh round of negotiations would help preserve stability on the Korean Peninsula. Over a phone conversation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, Macron "welcomed the resumption of the inter-Korean dialogue and hoped that it would help reduce tensions and build confidence to lead to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the French presidency said to the press in a statement on Friday. The French president underlined that the Democratic People's Republic of Korean (DPRK) participating in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics was "a positive element".
Source: Washington Times 2018's new year's day came with a pleasant news from the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un who had announced that North Korea would be willing to take part in next month's Winter Olympic Games to be held in South Korea. While their attendance wouldn't resolve the long-standing crisis on the Korean peninsula it would, as both sides have said, be a gesture of peace. Contact between the countries has resumed since then. Days later, the officials of the two Koreas spoke on a hotline linking the two nations, for the first time in two years. South Korean President, Moon Jae-in had told CNN last year that North Korean participation in the Olympics would "provide a very good opportunity for inter-Korean peace and reconciliation." The pair skaters, Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik from North Korea, have already qualified for the Games, which begins on the 9th of February, 2018. The Democratic People's Republic of Korean (DPRK) and South Korea had held a high-level meeting last week and a working-level meeting this week on the DPRK's participation in the Winter Olympics. The two sides have reached consensus on measures to ease tensions.
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