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Washington / U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told The Washington Post that his country is willing to start talks with North Korea, but South Korea will lead those diplomatic efforts at the beginning of the process.

This idea is the result of conversations that Pence had with the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, in his recent trip to Asia and that coincided with the start of the Winter Olympics held in PyeongChang, in South Korean territory, according to The Washington Post.

In an interview on the way back from Seoul to Washington, Pence said that two “substantial talks” with Moon have led to an agreement between Seoul and Washington to achieve a “greater commitment” to Pyongyang, first with the intervention of the South Koreans and potentially, soon after, with the United States.

While the diplomatic process is prospering, the United States and its allies will continue to impose “high and increasing” sanctions on Kim Jong-un’s regime until it takes “clear steps” towards denuclearization, he added.

The difference, now, is that Donald Trump’s government is willing to sit down and talk to the North Korean regime while continuing its lobbying campaign, The Washington Post revealed.

Pence described his government’s new position as “maximum pressure and commitment at the same time,” which is a significant change from the previous position.

Until now, Washington’s strategy was to impose maximum pressure on Pyongyang until Kim Jong-un made real concessions and, only then, to talk directly with the regime.

Pence and Moon reached this agreement on Thursday during a bilateral meeting held in the Blue House, the South Korean presidential mansion, and during another meeting on Saturday in the speed skating tests of the PyeongChang Winter Games in the Ice Arena of Gangneung, according to the newspaper.

After witnessing those tests with Moon, the vice president made his way back to the United States.

The news about the change in U.S. stance it comes just after Kim Jong-un has invited Moon Jae-in to hold in Pyongyang “as soon as possible” what could be the third inter-Korean summit in history and the first in more than 10 years.

Seoul was already convinced that the “Olympic meltdown” could help Pyongyang and Washington return to the negotiating table after a year marked by the regime’s weapons tests and their threat crossings with President Trump. (February 12, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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La noticia habla…
de una entrevista que hará un medio de comunicación estadounidense a Mike Pence.
de lo que dijo el vicepresidente estadounidense a un medio de comunicación.
de un rumor sobre lo que piensa hacer el vicepresidente de EE.UU.
Question 2
En la noticia se dice que…
Pence no cree posible que EE.UU. se siente a dialogar con Corea del Norte.
Pence descarta que EE.UU. vaya a dialogar con Corea del Norte.
Pence afirma que Estados Unidos podría reunirse con Corea del Norte para dialogar.
Question 3
Según el texto, Corea del Sur…
ha aceptado que EE.UU. sea el que inicie las conversaciones con Corea del Norte.
confirma que EE.UU. no tiene interés en dialogar con el régimen de Kim Jong-un.
desempeñaría un papel muy importante en esas conversaciones con Corea del Norte.
Question 4
Las sanciones a Corea del Norte…
seguirán hasta que el régimen comience a abandonar su programa nuclear.
seguirán aunque el régimen abandone su programa nuclear.
dejarán de aplicarse solo cuando comiencen las conversaciones con EE.UU.
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Pence se reunió con el presidente surcoreano para abordar el tema de Corea del Norte.
¡Nadie lo sabe!
Es verdad.
Es mentira.
Question 6
Corea del Sur considera que los JJOO…
no influirán en nada a las relaciones internacionales entre las dos Coreas.
pueden ayudar a que haya un acercamiento y se rebaje la tensión en la península.
están perjudicando a que haya un acercamiento entre las dos Coreas.
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