default_top_notch
default_news_top
default_news_ad1
default_nd_ad1

USFK chief sounds cautious note on N. Korea's peace overture

기사승인 2018.01.10  16:15:18

공유
default_news_ad2

The commanding general of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) on Wednesday remained cautious about North Korea's motivation behind its decision to hold talks with the South as part of its recent peace offensive.

"The fact that (the inter-Korean talks) happened, I think, is notable, and that such a step has not been chosen before by North Korea," the USFK commander Gen. Vincent K. Brooks said during a luncheon meeting organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) in Seoul.

Yet, the top U.S. military official in South Korea, who leads the 28,500-strong USFK, remained circumspect about interpreting North Korea's change in stance.

"What is the motivation? We don't know," he said. "We will have to see that over time."

The remarks were made a day after the two Koreas held high-level talks on the North's participation in the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics in their first formal dialogue in two years.

"South Korea put this offer out there months ago, so the fact that something changed should get our attention," he said.

"We've seen occasions where North Korea instead of coming to a meeting with a productive sense, they come in with a disruptive sense where it's more theatrical than it is productive," he said. "In this case, there appears to have been an earnest meeting."

During Tuesday's meeting, North Korea accepted Seoul's proposal to hold military talks to reduce tensions and send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in the South.

The agreement marked a major breakthrough following years of frosty ties between the two countries and in last year's heightened tensions over the North's nuclear and missile provocations. (Yonhap)

Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, speaks during a luncheon meeting, hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM), at a Seoul hotel on Jan. 10, 2018. (Yonhap)

Kim Jung-mi edt@koeapost.com

<저작권자 © 코리아포스트 무단전재 및 재배포금지>
default_news_ad5
default_side_ad1
default_nd_ad2

인기기사

default_side_ad2

포토

1 2 3
set_P1
default_side_ad3

섹션별 인기기사 및 최근기사

default_side_ad4
default_nd_ad6
default_news_bottom
default_nd_ad4
default_bottom
#top
default_bottom_notch