Moon, Trump agree to postpone joint military drills during PyeongChang Olympics

Moon, Trump agree to postpone joint military drills during PyeongChang Olympics

While South Korea's skating pairs did not qualify for the 2018 Winter Games, North Korean skaters Ryom Tae-ok, 18, and Kim Ju-sik, 25, made the cut at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany previous year.

North Korea asked for further negotiations about the meeting to be carried out via documented exchanges, Baik said.

Pyongyang has yet to respond to Seoul's proposal for talks, which came in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un saying his country could discuss its possible participation in the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next month.

When talks enter a stage of dealing with more serious issues such as economic, humanitarian or military matters, the South must be prudent and cautious.

Despite critics who say the North's abrupt push for improving ties was a tactic to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to ease pressure on sanctions, many see any dialogue between the two countries as a positive step. The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be held from February 9th to the 25th, and the Paralympics will be held from March 9th to the 18th, which would have overlapped with the biggest of the joint exercises that are held each spring, known as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, which involve more than 300-thousand US and South Korean soldiers.

"The United States can never fight a war against me and our state", he said in his speech, according to The Washington Post.

In a phone call earlier in the day, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to postpone the allies' annual military exercises until after the games.

Tillerson said how such talks might begin had yet to be determined, but North Korea would have to signal it understood that they would be aimed at "final, full denuclearization". "Because there are so many practical matters to deal with, such as putting together a support team and a team of people to attend the reunions, we're hesitant to jump to conclusions about whether or not an agreement can be reached during the meeting".

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"It could be meaningful, it could be important".

North Korea says its weapons are necessary to counter USA aggression, and it regularly threatens to destroy the United States and its two key Asia allies, Japan and South Korea.

Meanwhile, Mr Chang Ung, North Korea's representative to the International Olympic Committee, said on Saturday that the North is "likely to participate" in the Winter Games slated for Feb 9 to 25.

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera sounded a note of caution about the proposed talks. "We want to always remind them we can destroy you too, so be very cautious and careful with your words and what you do".

Pompeo said United States intelligence had provided an understanding of North Korea's capabilities and intent, and got the pace of the nuclear program "mostly right". "We have no intention of weakening our warning and surveillance".

"Pyongyang has taken the initiative to improve relations with Seoul this time".

Commercial satellite imagery from December 25 showed a rail-mounted environment shelter had been moved away from a test stand, indicating that an engine test may be in the near future, the website said, rather than a new rocket launch suspected in recent media reports.

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