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North Korea accepts South Korea's offer, will meet for peace talks

13 January 2018

He said in an NHK interview aired yesterday that the only thing which would give the talks meaning is concrete action by Pyongyang to abandon nuclear weapons.

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.

The tweet, which as of Thursday, had been retweeted more than 165,000 times, parodied Trump's threat on Tuesday that the US nuclear capabilities are far greater than that of North Korea's.

North Korea's young leader has shrugged off multiple sets of new UN Security Council sanctions as his regime drives forward with its weapons programmes, which it says are needed to defend against USA aggression.

President Donald Trump said the United States was open to joining discussions with South Korea and North Korea at "the appropriate time", and that he would be willing to speak directly with Kim Jong Un under the right conditions.

The region has been further rattled by tit-for-tat threats and insults between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

At the same time, the United States has been holding nearly non-stop drills all year in Korea, so it's hard to imagine why there would suddenly be a logistics issue related to the Paralympics which would be putting things on hold.

The fact is the North Korean leader doesn't have the power to divide the US and South Korea if they don't want to be divided.

North Korea's hotline with South Korea is open
GETTY IMAGENorth Korea The hotline with South Korea has re-opened at Panmunjom

Haley said North Korea should be clear that the United States will not reduce pressure on Kim.

"Sure, I always believe in talking", he said.

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".

The two Koreas have been separated by the world's most heavily militarised border since the Korean War ended in a stalemate in 1953.

Seoul and organisers are keen for the North to take part in the Games to help ease worsening tensions on the Korean peninsula stemming from Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

On Saturday, North Korea's Olympic representative said the hermit state was "likely to participate" in the games, Kyodo news agency reported.

South Korean opposition parties have struck a cautious tone over the latest developments, warning against making concessions to the North to secure its Olympic participation. 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 timing suggests, as Kim himself did in his speech, that global sanctions are beginning to cause real pain inside North Korea. "Talks for the sake of talks are meaningless".

North Korea accepts South Korea's offer, will meet for peace talks