Second Round of Olympic Talks Proposed

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President Donald Trump threw his weight behind the Olympics-inspired diplomatic opening with North Korea, telling South Korea's leader Wednesday that the us was open to talks with Kim Jong Un's government under the right circumstances.

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un", Trump told the Wall Street Journal during an interview that took place on January 7 and that went to press on January 11. Would South Korean people accept this imbalance in their relations with the North?

"You see that a lot with me and then all of a sudden somebody's my best friend", he said.

"I brought them to the off-ice classes I do since they were very interested in that".

Pairs figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik are the only North Korean athletes to have so far qualified for Pyeongchang 2018. North Korea also requested the use of both air travel and the land route at Mt. Kumgang for the visitors' arrival in South Korea, sources said.

The North, however, has refused to do so, arguing that its development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles is necessary to deter a potential attack by the U.S.

"Even if Trump is not really serious about a military strike, there is always the risk of miscalculation or an over-reaction from North Korea", Zhao said. Military tension leads to a vicious circle of confrontation, according to the North Korean state newspaper.

On Wednesday, Trump said he didn't expect a war in a White House news conference, and indicated he was pleased by direct talks between Pyongyang and Seoul. That paved the way for the negotiators to meet and discuss a proposal by Kim to send a delegation of officials, athletes and supporters to the Pyeongchang Olympics.

In 2010, North Korea invited him to visit, showing Hecker a uranium-enrichment plant it had built inside an old building at Yongbyon, the Times reports.

Coming shortly after Trump indicated that he is open to dialogue with North Korea, these remarks suggest that Trump is gradually moving toward dialogue, analysts think.

The US and South Korea have decided not to stage the annual exercises during the upcoming Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

They marched together at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, and at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics, but more recent attempts at joining forces have proved unsuccessful.

"By doing that, he can help the U.S. build logic for moving toward negotiations and turning around the state of affairs in the future, so when they were ready to talk to the North, they can say the North came out of isolation because the sanctions were effective", he said.

On Monday, the International Olympic Committee extended the deadline for North Korean athletes to register for the Games. "The US's firm commitment to achieving the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula has been very helpful in facilitating progress in the high-level inter-Korean talks", Kang said. "If North Korea engages in provocations again or does not show sincerity in resolving this issue, the worldwide community will continue applying strong pressure and sanctions".

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