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North-South hotline reopens on Korean peninsula

North-South hotline reopens on Korean peninsula

Preparations for the meeting at a border village - what would be the first formal gathering between the two sides since 2015 - would be done via letters, he said.

Kim had signaled in his New Year's address that he is considering sending athletes to his southern neighbor's festivities in Pyeongchang, setting off a move towards diplomacy after months of missiles launches and angry messages.

Seoul also announced that it would begin direct talks with Pyongyang.

Moon and Trump agreed to make best efforts to hold the PyeongChang Winter Olympics successfully and safely, while agreeing to let the militaries of the two allies to secure the safety during the Olympic period, according to the Blue House.

The drills, relatively common between the two countries' armed forces, have repeatedly angered North Korea, which seems them as an act of aggression.

South Korea said it remains open to talking to the North, with which it technically remains at war as the 1953 Korean War armistice was never followed by a peace treaty, and officials have said they understand it may take some time for Pyongyang to review the proposal for talks.

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States and its two key Asia allies, Japan and South Korea, and says its weapons are necessary to counter USA aggression.

Her statement comes after Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to respond to Kim's claim that he possesses a nuclear button on his desk.

The Trump administration has remained guarded on the prospect of unilateral talks between North and South. Foal Eagle is a series of exercises created to test the readiness of the United States and South Korean militaries. "Those talks are clearly the result of the amount of global pressure (on North Korea), and they are a way for North Korea to start talking while keeping it contained to a benign issue".

Beyond that it's considering forming a single Korea Olympics team, entering the opening and closing ceremonies together or forming a single Korea cheering squad, the report said, citing a roadmap for negotiations from South Korea's presidential office. But Trump's ambassador to the United Nations insisted that talks won't be meaningful unless the North is getting rid of its nuclear weapons.

Commercial satellite imagery from December 25 showed a rail-mounted environment shelter had been moved away from a test stand, indicating that an engine test may be in the near future, the website said, rather than a new rocket launch suspected in recent media reports.


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