USA says inter-Korean talks would be limited to Olympics

USA says inter-Korean talks would be limited to Olympics

Direct defections across the heavily guarded Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean peninsula are very rare, but this year there have been four, including a dramatic dash under a hail of bullets by a Northern soldier in November. "After North and South Korea reach an agreement, there are matters that must be discussed with the IOC [International Olympic Committee]". North Korea's goal is to prevent any attempt at regime change in North Korea and to deter the United States from coming to the aid of South Korea, Japan or others if called to do so by North Korea having the strongest possible nuclear capacity to strike the U.S.

North and South Korea have agreed on the composition of the delegations which will participate in the first high-level meeting on Tuesday between the two countries after over two years, the Unification Ministry said here on Sunday.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both stressed in recent weeks they do not want to repeat the "mistakes" of past US administrations, particularly those of former President Barack Obama's failed stance of "strategic patience".

Speaking to CNN, Tillerson made clear that Washington was also open to talks with North Korea, but warned that while it aimed to resolve the crisis diplomatically, "those diplomatic efforts are backed by a strong military option if necessary".

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, had in his New Year address, expressed an interest in dialogue and indicated that North Korea wants to take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. His statement was followed by the move for North-South talks, and then the suspension of the U.S.

The announcement came hours after the United States said it had agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics. -South Korea military exercises during the games. They have to be willing to talk about banning their nuclear weapons.

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Trump tweeted, adding that "talks are a good thing!"

Kim and Choi Moon Soon, Mayor of Gangwon Province, the host region of the Olympics, sat down with North Korean officials last month in Kunming, China.

South Korea's Defence Ministry has said it had yet to see any evidence of an imminent missile launch.

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".

Earlier this week, Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said Washington had heard reports that Pyongyang might be preparing to fire another missile. "We are open to the possibility of discussing other issues, but it's still too early to say how this will play out", said a senior official at the Blue House.

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