North Korea Says it is 'Ready For Dialogue or Standoff' With US


"We look forward to the progress of denuclearisation talks in terms of mutual trust and respect between the USA and North Korea, culminating in good results", said deputy spokesman Kim Eun-han of South Korea's Unification Ministry today, when asked about Ri's statement.

Japan's export curbs came in an apparent protest against the South Korean top court's ruling that ordered some of Japanese companies, including Nippon Steel and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries among others, to pay compensations to the South Korean wartime forced labor.

On Thursday, Pompeo said he was "disappointed" in South Korea's decision.

He says he will continue to urge South Korea "to keep promises" made in the past. The Korean government has been requesting dialogue with the Japanese government since early July when the conflict began, but the Japanese government did not respond. The South Korean government, for its part, made a decision to downgrade Japan's trade status.

The Trilateral Information-Sharing Agreement (TISA) between the United States, Japan and South Korea, which Japan and South Korea will revert back to after their GSOMIA ends, specifies a narrower range of information to be shared, Kim said.

Senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, had publicly expressed hope South Korea would renew the deal.

He said ending the agreement was an "unthinkable option" and that South Korea had misjudged the national security environment in the region, including North Korea. Here, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, center, and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, trailing at left, walk in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Thursday.

South Korea's defence ministry said that regardless of the end of GSOMIA, it would maintain a "stable" joint defence posture based on a robust alliance with the United States.

US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

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Meanwhile, South Korea believes in the progress of denuclearisation talks in terms of mutual trust and respect between the USA and North Korea, "culminating in good results".

But unlike GSOMIA, Seoul and Tokyo would negotiate to exchange information "case by case".

Some security experts have argued that the agreement should be continued, but the Korean government has determined that it does not benefit national interests.

The decision "reflects a serious misapprehension on the part of the Moon Administration regarding the serious security challenges we face in Northeast Asia", added the spokesperson.

Liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in has declared that his country will "never again lose" to Japan, although he later softened his tone and said he was willing to talk with Tokyo. How can it be right to share military information with Japan in this situation?

The U.S. facilitated information-sharing between South Korea and Japan before GSOMIA was signed in 2016 and could resume that role after its demise, assuming both parties are willing to share everything with the U.S. and do not require information to be withheld from each other.

But a USA government source made clear that Washington was irked by the South Korean presidential official's remarks.

"We will continue to strengthen cooperation with the United States and develop the alliance", she told reporters in Seoul.