North Korea says likely to join Olympics in South

2 2017 South Korean soldiers stand guard before North Korea's Panmon Hall and the military demarcation line separating North and South Korea at Panmunjom in the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone (D

In addition to taunting the U.S.by claiming to have his own "button", he used his New Year's address to take up Moon's offer of talks over the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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.

However, skeptics in the West and South Korea said that the Sunshine Policy of a decade ago, which promoted warmer relations between the two Koreas, failed to halt Pyongyang's nuclear progress.

The last high-level talks between the two countries took place in a deputy ministerial meeting in December 2015, at the jointly-run Kaesong industrial zone in North Korea.

The tentative rapprochement comes after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un warned in his New Year speech that he had a nuclear button on his desk, but also said Pyongyang could send a team to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

That elicited a response from Mr Trump: "I too have a nuclear button, but it is a much bigger and more powerful one". "At the appropriate time, we'll get involved".

On Wednesday, South Korean officials called North Korea from their communications headquarters and spoke for the first time in two years.

The Central Intelligence Agency head also rejected a New York Times article on Sunday that reported USA intelligence agencies had been unable to foresee the North's rapid nuclear strides over the past several months.

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Moon campaigned on greater engagement with North Korea and has since his May election affirmed his commitment to reunification through dialogue.

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

The Korean War ended in an armistice in 1953, meaning that the two nations are technically still at war.

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.

Seoul has been keen to avoid any North Korean provocations immediately before or during the Games.

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 U.S. aggression. "I evaluate this change highly", Abe said, adding that the regime must "abandon its nuclear weapons and missiles" program.

According to Lindsay Ford, Director of Political-Security Affairs at the Asia Society Policy Institute, the South's preparations for the Olympics provide North Korea with the flawless opening to achieve its objectives.

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