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Olympics could open North Korea -- Rex Tilley

14 Août 2017

Secret back-channel communications between the USA and North Korea could be a "good sign" that could pave the way to a peaceful end to a crisis filled on both sides with fiery doomsday rhetoric, a former defense secretary told the Herald. Can you guess who said it?

"We've had back-channel communication for decades. That's the best thing", said Cena.

Yun Sun, a senior associate at the Washington, D.C. -based Stimson Center, argued North Korea would not need intercontinental ballistic missiles to strike South Korea, whose capital sits just 35 miles from the border.

Despite White House condemnations after Warmbier's death, those contacts have continued and include discussions about the remaining Americans held there, the source said. "Mother of dragons, Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump". North Korea has previously mobilised large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate.

"In light of the ongoing standoff between the United States and North Korea, as well as President Trump's reckless words, I ask that you immediately call the House of Representatives back into session to debate legislation prohibiting the USA from conducting a pre-emptive nuclear strike without prior Congressional authorization", he said.

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Trump didn't acknowledge or discuss the secret communications when asked by reporters yesterday.

I suppose dying is something we all have to do eventually, but I'm talking about a kind of dying that comes on more quickly and unnaturally than we generally expect.

The so-called "New York channel" is being used regularly by Joseph Yun, the USA envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country's United Nations mission, according to AP.

"All the macho war talk between rounds of golf at Bedminster has made it hard to tell Trump's words from those of the brutal 33-year-old dictator of North Korea", Reid explained. Russia, however, said that the missiles were intermediate range.

There had been no back-channel talks during the last seven months of President Obama's term when Pyongyang broke them off over a new round of US sanctions.

Olympics could open North Korea -- Rex Tilley