Federal government welcomes reopening of North Korean hotline ahead of Vancouver summit

Federal government welcomes reopening of North Korean hotline ahead of Vancouver summit
Federal government welcomes reopening of North Korean hotline ahead of Vancouver summit
Fears of a nuclear conflict between the United States and North Korea have risen in recent months with both leaders firing angry taunts at one another, and Mr. Trump mocking Mr. Kim as “Rocket Man.”

Federal government welcomes reopening of North Korean hotline ahead of Vancouver summit
Federal government welcomes reopening of North Korean hotline ahead of Vancouver summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency.

Some analysts worry that North Korea’s willingness to talk to Seoul could be an attempt to drive a wedge between the United States and its South Korean ally. Others say the talks could help restrain Mr. Kim.

The meeting of foreign ministers is aimed at strengthening pressure and sanctions on Pyongyang and its young dictator, Kim Jong-un, in an effort to get him to come to the table to negotiate an end to the North’s nuclear program.
Ms. Freeland has said it is still unclear whether the Hwasong-15 missile, carrying a superheavy nuclear warhead, could survive atmospheric re-entry and hit a target in North America.

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