South and North Korea have arranged a phone call for Saturday to talk over the details of next week’s historic high-level meeting, the South’s Unification Ministry has said.
Preparatory talks will be held over the recently-reopened hotline in the village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized border zone, according to the Yonhap news agency. The ministry said North Korea’s proposal to send athletes to February’s Olympics would be at the center of next Tuesday’s talks. Ways of improving bilateral ties may also be raised.
South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon proposed the talks to Pyongyang on Tuesday. His ministry said the North responded on Friday saying it accepted the offer.
Menwhile, US Defense Secretary James Mattis during a phone call on Friday reaffirmed to South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo that the United States was ready to employ all means of warfare to defend his country, the Defense Department said in a press release.
"Secretary Mattis reaffirmed the US commitment to defend the ROK [Republic of Korea] using the full spectrum of US capabilities," the release said on Friday.
The leaders also discussed the importance of strong international support for diplomatic actions to resolve the North Korean threat and noted the upcoming Vancouver Ministerial Meeting of Sending States on January 15-16, the release added.
"I think the rhetoric that North Korea understands is that while it is our objective, and the President's been very clear, to achieve a denuclearization through diplomatic efforts, those diplomatic efforts are backed by strong military option if necessary," Tillerson told CNN.
However, US Congressman John Garamedi believes that military scenario of the North Korean issue must be completely excluded, otherwise Trump administration may face a sinister responsibility for the hundreds of thousands of lives that might be claimed in the real conflict.
"We've got a crazy leading the North Korea and we've got a crazy in the White House": Democratic Rep. John Garamendi says there are Republicans in Congress who agree with him that President Trump is mentally unfit to hold office https://t.co/Lh9k83H8Mc pic.twitter.com/jCCYCJslf4— CNN (@CNN) 6 января 2018 г.