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Trump says he'd be open to talking with North Korean leader

Trump says he'd be open to talking with North Korean leader

On Sunday, North Korea announced a list of five officials who will represent Pyongyang, a day after South Korea confirmed its representatives.

This latest thaw was initiated when, in a New Year's speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was willing to have dialogue with South Korea and could send representatives to the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Critics called Kim's mixed message a gambit to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington, weaken USA -led worldwide pressure and buy time for North Korea to flawless its nuclear weapons.

In recent months, the North has held multiple missile launches and conducted its sixth nuclear test - purportedly of a hydrogen bomb - in violation of UN resolutions banning such activity by the isolated nation.

A welcome break in the tensions on the Peninsula as negotiators will sit down face-to-face at the shared border village of Panmunjeom. Kim accepted Moon's proposal.

The South Korean government on Tuesday will announce its official view on the previous administration's 2015 deal with Japan meant to resolve the issue of wartime "comfort women", with several diplomatic sources saying Seoul will call on Tokyo to voluntarily take additional action.

Each delegation will have 2 vice-ministerial-level officials.

Measures under consideration include the two teams making a joint entrance at the opening ceremony and fielding unified teams in selected events.

Athletes from the two Koreas took similar steps at global sporting events during an earlier era of inter-Korean detente.

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But North Korea, which is weak in winter sports, now has no athletes qualified to participate in the Pyeonghang Games.

Asked if North Korea's denuclearization issue could be discussed, the spokesman said, "The two Koreas plan to discuss Olympic cooperation and issues of mutual concern".

International Olympic Committee has extended the deadline for registration of North Korean athletes for the Pyeongchang winter Olympics.

"We will listen to what North Korea will say".

March 8, 2016U.S. & South Korean troops are participating in exercise #FoalEagle.

South Korea wants to discuss the resumption of family reunions but Pyongyang snubbed previous offers, saying it will not consider further reunions unless several of its citizens are returned by the South.

"That's good for the United States that they can at least start getting back into talks", she said.

During a different Sunday talk show interview, CIA Director Mike Pompeo also came to the president's defense, telling Fox News that the nuclear button tweet was "entirely consistent with what we're trying to communicate" to the North Korean leader.

Ri, who has a military background, is known as one of the closest aides to Kim Yong-chol, the head of the ruling party's United Front Department and former chief of North Korea's reconnaissance bureau.


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