North Korea accepts South's offer of talks next week

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

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.

The politician pointed out that it is still unclear whether North Korea has the full nuclear arsenal it claims to have.

Analysts with the website 38 North, which tracks North Korea, reported Pyongyang may be preparing to test a rocket engine at a facility in Sohae, North Pyongan province, where all of the North's satellite launches have taken place since 2012. For this reason, some in and around the administration have concluded that accommodations, meals, and other amenities could be offered to the North Korean athletes.

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

Moon was quoted by the Blue House.

In his New Year speech, Kim said the country had completed its nuclear deterrent - Pyongyang says it needs to defend itself against a U.S. invasions - and he had a "nuclear button on my desk".

Stamps at a store in Pyongyang commemorate North Korean participation in past Winter Olympics.

North Korea says it has completed construction of a winter sports resort amid proposed talks to secure the country's attendance at the Winter Olympics in neighbouring South Korea. South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Speaking to Fox Business about President Trump's tweets about Kim Jong-un, he said: "Well it was so unconventional that I must say it jolted me". "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".

Though US President Donald Trump looks forward to good results from inter-Korean talks and reportedly agreed to delay US-Korea military drills until after the games, the South Korean government needs to pay attention to concerns some US officials expressed about the North's duplicity. Since Kim mentioned not only participating in Pyeongchang but also completely restoring inter-Korean relations in his New Year's address, getting off on the right foot is likely to be of crucial importance.

This time, DPRK Today says, North Korean workers had already built their own ski lift before construction of the ski slopes at Kanggye had begun, "using our own muscle and techniques".

Kim's overture did not surprise some Korea experts, as it came just weeks before the South is due to host the Winter Olympics. It should keep in mind why it is holding talks with the North.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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