US, Korea to Postpone War Games

US, Korea to Postpone War Games

"A lot of people have said, a lot of people have written, that without my rhetoric, without my tough stance - and it's not just a stance, I mean, this is what has to be done, if it has to be done - that they wouldn't be talking about Olympics, they wouldn't be talking right now", he said.

First of all, Pyongyang should show its sincerity in its peace overture by its leader Kim Jong-un, who offered in his New Year address to hold a meeting to discuss the North's potential participation in the Winter Games to be held February 9 to 25 in the South.

During the annual address, Kim also expressed a desire for a peaceful resolution to the decades-old conflict with South Korea.

Pompeo said USA intelligence had provided an understanding of North Korea's capabilities and intent, and got the pace of the nuclear program "mostly right".

Instead of bragging about it on Twitter to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the USA president might try spending more time on the phone with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Asked on the ABC program "This Week" whether the president's tweet was a good idea, Haley said: "I think that (Trump) always has to keep Kim on his toes. At the appropriate time, we'll get involved". Yet, South Korean officials hope this could pave way for future talks, which could include easing tension in the region.

Moon campaigned on greater engagement with North Korea and has since his May election affirmed his commitment to reunification through dialogue.

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In August, Trump vowed to unleash "fire and fury" if North Korea threatened the U.S. and on Tuesday warned Kim on Twitter that his nuclear button was "much bigger and more powerful".

Still, both the US and South Korea want no disruptions during the Olympics in Pyeongchang, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas.

Seoul has been keen to avoid any North Korean provocations immediately before or during the Games.

But the new year has witnessed a marked softening of tone.

On Saturday, North Korea's Olympic representative said the hermit state was "likely to participate" in the games, Kyodo news agency reported. If North Korea responds by suspending military tests, then the "dual suspension" will be in effect, which Russian Federation and China-and Lyndon and Helga LaRouche-say is required to move to negotiations for a durable settlement. "The tweet follows the North Korean leader's remarks in a New Year's Day address that "(t) he entire mainland of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear weapons".

According to Lindsay Ford, Director of Political-Security Affairs at the Asia Society Policy Institute, the South's preparations for the Olympics provide North Korea with the flawless opening to achieve its objectives.

"The only thing they're talking about in this discussion coming up, according to the South Koreans, who will be engaged in directing that, is the Olympics", US Secretary of Defence James Mattis told reporters Friday. "Talks for the sake of talks are meaningless".

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