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Tillerson: Talks with N. Korea in Pyeongchang not ruled out

AFP-JijiLIMA (AFP-Jiji) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence or other U.S. officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday.

Washington has previously said it won’t seek to initiate contact with North Koreans attending the South Korean games, but it does want talks with Kim Jong Un in an effort to get him to abandon his nuclear program.

Asked during a visit to Peru whether Pence might accept an invitation to meet the North Korea delegation, Tillerson — who is pushing for a diplomatic solution to the crisis — would not rule it out.

“With respect to the vice president’s trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea, I think we’ll just see,” he told reporters.

Pushed on whether that meant he was not saying “no,” Tillerson replied: “We’ll see, we’ll see what happens.”Speech

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