Pyongyang Names Delegation to Attend Talks with South Korea


South Korea offered talks with North Korea this week, amid a tense standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year's Day speech that he was "open to dialogue" with Seoul.

The decision to suspend the exercises was reached on a phone call between President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday.

On Saturday, Chang told reporters in Beijing that North Korea is "likely to participate" in the games, adding fuel to speculations that North Korea is seeking wild-card opportunities to participate in the PyeongChang games, a possibility which has been floating around for some time.

Kang is also expected to comment on a two-track strategy on Japan that aims to keep historical disputes separate from other aspects of bilateral relations, such as cooperation over the North Korea issue.

The article was published to mark the high-level meeting to be held on January 9 between representatives of North and South Korea, who have technically been at war for more than 65 years, Efe news agency reported.

A veteran negotiator in inter-Korean affairs, he has participated in talks with North Korea since the 1990s, including their last summit in 2007.

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"We welcome the discussion which will take place on Wednesday between the governments of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)", an International Olympic Committee spokesman said. "We will make efforts to enable the North to take part in the games", Cho said.

The drills' suspension is something that South Korea can not accept in consideration of its relations with the USA, its main ally, which is seeking increased pressure and sanctions on the North.

Analysts say tensions could flare again after the Olympics, with USA and South Korean troops carrying out their delayed drills, and North Korea likely responding with new weapons tests.

"I would love to see them take it beyond the Olympics", he said.

Haley said it was her understanding that the two sides were limiting their talks to the Olympics, "but you know, those two countries have to get along". Ri is known as a close associate of senior Workers' Party official Kim Yong Chol, who Seoul officials believe was behind two attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans.

In that same speech, Kim added that North Korea would continue "mass producing" nuclear weapons, which prompted a response from Trump in which he mocked Kim by stating that the U.S. nuclear button was "much bigger & more powerful", and that his button "works".