North Korea: "All Our Atomic Bombs And ICBMs Are Aimed At U.S., Not At Southern Brethren, China Or Russia"

While there were some tentative signs of a diplomatic detente and mending of relations between North and South Korea after today's summit between the two nations, the first in more than two years, it appears any attempts to ameliorate tensions hit a sudden hurdle when the United States is brought into the equation. Case in point, as Reuters reports, North Korea said that it would not discuss its nuclear weapons with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its “brethren” in South Korea.

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Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon shakes hands with his
South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon

Officials from the two nations sides said they agreed to meet again to resolve problems and avert accidental conflict, amid high tension over North Korea’s programme to develop nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States, but Pyongyang said disarmament would not be part of the discussions.

"All our weapons including atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs and ballistic missiles are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, nor China and Russia," Pyongyang’s chief negotiator, Ri Son Gwon, said.

While disarmament was not on the agenda, more diplomacy was: in a joint statement after 11 hours of talks North Korea pledged to send a large delegation to next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea but made a “strong complaint” after Seoul proposed talks to denuclearise the Korean peninsula

Meanwhile, North Korea was clear that its beef is not with South Korea, but with just one person: Donald Trump.

“This is not a matter between North and South Korea, and to bring up this issue would cause negative consequences and risks turning all of today’s good achievement into nothing,” Ri, chairman of the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, warned in closing remarks.

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Today's meeting between the Korean neighbors comes just hours after the WSJ strategically leaked that the Trump administration, and especially the generals in it, were advocating a "bloody nose" approach to a military conflict with North Korea, effectively a surgical strike which would most likely take out Kim himself.

Desperate to stay relevant, and part of the process, a spokesperson for the White House’s national Security Council said North Korean participation in the Olympics would be “an opportunity for the regime to see the value of ending its international isolation by denuclearising.” Not surprisingly, the US initially responded coolly to the idea of inter-Korean meetings, but Trump later called them “a good thing” and said he would be willing to speak to Kim.

“At the appropriate time, we’ll get involved,” Trump said on Saturday, although U.S.-North Korean talks appear unlikely, given entrenched positions on both sides. Also, in keeping with the party line, the US insists that any future talks must have the aim of denuclearization, and the North-South thaw has not altered the U.S. intelligence assessment of North Korea’s weapons programs.

From a game theoretical standpoint, the Nash (dys)equilibrium between the US and N.Korea looks roughly as follows (via Reuters):

The consensus, according to five U.S. officials familiar with the classified analysis, is that Kim remains convinced the United States is determined to overthrow him and that only a nuclear arsenal that threatens America can deter that.

One of the officials said the North-South talks were likely to follow the pattern of past diplomatic efforts, in which the North has benefited from additional food and other aid without making any concessions on the weapons front.

The additional danger now, said a second official, was that Kim would seek to use the talks to take advantage of Trump’s sometimes bellicose rhetoric to try to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul.

For now, South Korea is much more receptive to the North's overtures. Still, in spite of the North Korean negotiator’s remarks, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said it believed Tuesday’s talks could lead to discussion of a “fundamental resolution” of the nuclear issue.

“We will closely coordinate with the United States, China, Japan and other neighbours in this process,” it said, adding that Seoul had asked North Korea to halt acts that stoke tension.

Tuesday’s meeting followed a year of ramped-up North Korean missile launches and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which have prompted a stepped-up U.S.-led campaign to toughen U.N. sanctions, which Pyongyang has called an act of war.

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As we reported this morning, in an act of concession, Seoul said it was prepared to lift some unilateral sanctions temporarily so North Koreans could visit for the Winter Olympics. North Korea said its delegation would include athletes, high-ranking officials, a cheering squad, art performers, reporters and spectators. Talks to work out details would be held soon, the South’s unification ministry said.

“We came to this meeting with the thought of giving our brethren, who have high hopes for this dialogue, invaluable results as the first present of the year,” Ri said at the start of the meeting.

The talks were the first between the two Koreas since 2015 and were held at the Peace House on the South Korean side of Panmunjom truce village. North Korea cut communications in February 2016, following South Korea’s decision to shut down a jointly run industrial park.

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Lore overbet Jan 9, 2018 11:10 PM Permalink

I talk with South Korean friends who have grown up hoping for reunification. There is no populist desire for war, and the local leaders are well aware. Most likely, if talks go awry, it will be due to some third party false flag, much like we see in other parts of the world, where peace is not in someone else's "interests." 

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peopledontwanttruth tmosley Jan 9, 2018 10:50 PM Permalink

Still think my comments from not just the other day but I've continually said they'll reunite is a joke.  

Ive been saying blood is thicker than water not just with the Korean people but other family groups.  

Theyre going to reunite with their brethren.  China will go with them as well and perhaps even most of Asia when it's all said and done. 

Respectfully

 

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MozartIII Billy the Poet Jan 9, 2018 10:10 PM Permalink

No real news is good news. Doom porn for the rest of the world. ZH is rocking the doom porn. Slow night in the financials.

 

Why cover that news. It only matters for traders. Of course Zero Hedge is about financials and traders. That is your market right? Or did you bring in the political whores and articles to make money and fuck your base. Just saying. Never mind, you lost your base Tyler. You at least look like the whore that you are!

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Tapeworm RumpleShitzkin Jan 9, 2018 11:55 PM Permalink

This little fat faggot doesn't have the guts to flatten DC. He? has fantasy ejaculations about whatever his flavor of serial killing has.

 I double dog dare that lil' fag to lob one of his homo bombs on our fabulous capital of their claimed territories. The centgoo claims that they are the owners of all of the innards of the "USA maps".

 He doesn't have the guts.

The USA centgoo has no balls or any gonads to reply to this..........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UopsQyMfy24

 The only fecks in DC are the factfinders of Judicial Watch,

Watch Huma Abedin squirm.

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HRClinton peddling-fiction Jan 9, 2018 11:53 PM Permalink

The whole circus with North Korea was just a front and pretext for installing the THAAD Missile System, to gain a strategic missile advantage over China and Russia.

The real war circus will start sometime after the Winter Olympics, and it will flare up in Syria and Ukraine.

The (((Bolsheviks descendants))) won't won't rest and won't stop stirring the MIC pot, until they have war with Iran and Russia.

In the meantime they are buying up primo real estate in Cape Town and Argentina.

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rejected nmewn Jan 9, 2018 10:33 PM Permalink

Stupid bastard?

Seems he playing a pretty good hand at poker. If the US even 'thought' he didn't have capable nukes NK would already be history.

IMO he is doing what a leader should do to protect his nation and people. Stupid? Don't think so. He's probably scared shitless.

Too bad we can't say the same about our psychopathic 'leaders'....

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edotabin rejected Jan 10, 2018 12:16 AM Permalink

Missiles "aimed" at Washington. I suppose they won't mention the thousands of artillery pieces ready to destroy Seoul.

Funny, whenever things heat up the Ding Dong fans always mention the artillery pieces. Now, not even a whisper.

This is such a fucking shit show. Disingenuous BS.

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MuffDiver69 Jan 9, 2018 9:48 PM Permalink

Fake News

 

“The consensus, according to five U.S. officials familiar with the classified analysis, is that Kim remains convinced the United States is determined to overthrow him and that only a nuclear arsenal that threatens America can deter that.

One of the officials said the North-South talks were likely to follow the pattern of past diplomatic efforts, in which the North has benefited from additional food and other aid without making any concessions on the weapons front.

The additional danger now, said a second official, was that Kim would seek to use the talks to take advantage of Trump’s sometimes bellicose rhetoric to try to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul.”