South Korea proposes joint march, hockey team with North Korea at Olympics

South Korea proposes joint march, hockey team with North Korea at Olympics

Trump told Moon he's open to USA talks with North Korea "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances", according to a White House description of their call.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that President Donald Trump "deserves big credit" for "bringing about the inter-Korean talks" held Tuesday amid heightened tensions between hyper-antagonistic and nuclear-armed North Korea and its southern neighbor.

Vladimir Putin has claimed Kim Jong-un is a "shrewd and mature" leader having outplayed his rivals in the West with his nuclear missile ambitions.

Later Tuesday, Chun said North Korea told the South Korean delegation that it restored a military hotline with the South, in the second reopening of a suspended inter-Korean communication channel in about a week.

According to Reuters, Ri Son Gwon, head of North Korea's delegation at the inter-Korean talks, reportedly said that "North Korea's weapons are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, China or Russian Federation", and that its nuclear program was not an issue between the two countries. The International Olympic Committee said Monday it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the games. In November, a North Korean soldier defected to the South across Panmunjom amid gunfire from his comrades.

South Korea's president added that improving inter-Korean ties is dependent on the North being willing to abandon its controversial nuclear weapons program. He expressed hope that the North's agreement to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February will be a turning point toward an improvement in inter-Korean relations and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"There are two launches now scheduled for February that have been scheduled for three to five years" to test the reliability and accuracy of the Minuteman III missiles, according to Capt. Anastasia Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Global Strike Command, which manages ICBMs and long-range bombers.

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North Korea has attended Winter Games sporadically, starting in 1964.

That announcement followed talks with South Korean negotiators - the first between the two countries in years.

"Even if we have one Korean team in women's hockey, we'll make sure it will not come at the expense of South Korean players", he said, according to Yonhap. Yet, Washington is thought to have maintained back-channel negotiations to push via diplomatic channels at the United Nations.

The meeting's venue, Panmunjom, is the only place on the border where North and South Korean soldiers are just meters (feet) away from each other. When asked if he has spoken to the dictator, Trump said "I don't want to comment on it".

North Korea has become Trump's most urgent foreign crisis, as he struggles to contain the regime's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

When Kim addressed the nation on the first day of the new year, as he has done annually since 2013, he said that eliminating non-socialist elements in society would be a key task for 2018 in the repressive nation.

The leaders said Moon's trip was a great success.

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