North Korea And South Korea Officially Agree To Hold High-Level Talks

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

"I would love to see them take it beyond the Olympics", he said at a news conference at the Camp David presidential retreat.

He said future talks involving the United States could allow North Korea to "chart a way for themselves to a more secure future, a more prosperous future", and added: "They do know how to reach us if and when they are ready to engage with us as well".

Kim remained steadfast on the issue of nuclear weapons, however, saying the North would mass produce nuclear missiles for operational deployment and again warned he would launch a nuclear strike if his country was threatened.

Haley said there had been no shift in the administration's North Korea policy, after Trump said Saturday he'd "absolutely" be willing to talk to Kim.

"I weren't involved, they wouldn't be talking at all right now".

"The president has made very clear that were going to do everything we can to do that in a way that doesn't involve military action", Pompeo said, "but has equally made clear that we're not going to stand for allowing Kim Jong Un to hold Los Angeles, or Denver, or NY at risk".

Tillerson called the Koreas meeting a sign that the US-led campaign to isolate North Korea was working.

To reduce the risk of upsetting Pyongyang, South Korea and the United States agreed Thursday to put off joint military drills until after the Winter Paralympics in March.

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They may not mix, but that doesn't stop them from being frequently tossed into a blender anyway.

Chang Ung, Pyongyang's representative to the International Olympic Committee, reportedly made the comment at Beijing International Airport on Saturday.

The prospect of direct talks, however, ultimately rests on how serious North Korea is about denuclearization efforts, Kim added, noting that the dialogue is only possible if North Korea accepts the allies' decision to postpone the joint military drill as a condition for talks.

Ambassador Nikki Haley defended Trump's bombastic approach to North Korea - including a tweet last week where he taunted Kim that "I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!" "What we're trying to do is make sure we don't repeat what's happened the last 25 years", she said.

North and South Korea have agreed to discuss cooperation on the Olympics, as well as other issues, in rare talks at the border starting Tuesday.

But North Korea's nuclear and missile threats have prompted him to maintain the dual track of seeking sanctions and dialogue.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said earlier North Korea accepted Seoul's offer to hold talks on how to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics and how to improve overall ties.

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