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After weeks of rapprochement across the 38th parallel, the old, ingrained politics of the Korean Peninsula have fallen back into place. South Korea offered Thursday to act as a mediator to make sure a denuclearization summit between Washington and Pyongyang goes ahead — even though Seoul is itself embroiled in disagreement with its neighbor over joint military drills.

An official from South Korea’s presidential Blue House told Reuters that the South intended to help bridge the gap between North Korea and the U.S. after Pyongyang threatened to pull out of next month’s historic summit in Singapore.

“It is true that there are differences of opinion between the North and the United States on methods to accomplish denuclearization,” South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Thursday, according to Yonhap News Agency.

READ: North Korea threatens to cancel the Trump summit over John Bolton

Less than a month out from the scheduled June 12 sit-down, North Korea abruptly announced Wednesday it might pull out of the talks if Washington continued to insist on its denuclearization.

After weeks of rapprochement across the 38th parallel, the old, ingrained politics of the Korean Peninsula have fallen back into place. South Korea offered Thursday to act as a mediator to make sure a denuclearization summit between Washington and Pyongyang goes ahead — even though Seoul is itself embroiled in disagreement with its neighbor over joint military drills.

An official from South Korea’s presidential Blue House told Reuters that the South intended to help bridge the gap between North Korea and the U.S. after Pyongyang threatened to pull out of next month’s historic summit in Singapore.

“It is true that there are differences of opinion between the North and the United States on methods to accomplish denuclearization,” South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Thursday, according to Yonhap News Agency.

READ: North Korea threatens to cancel the Trump summit over John Bolton

Less than a month out from the scheduled June 12 sit-down, North Korea abruptly announced Wednesday it might pull out of the talks if Washington continued to insist on its denuclearization.

U.S. President Donald Trump was non-committal when subsequently asked about the prospects for the summit — which had the potential to be the biggest diplomatic win of his scandal-plagued presidency — saying: “We’ll have to see.” Asked if he would continue to insist on denuclearization as a precondition for the talks, he

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