S.Korea offers high-ranking govt talks with N.Korea on January 9

S.Korea offers high-ranking govt talks with N.Korea on January 9

S.Korea offers high-ranking govt talks with N.Korea on January 9

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spoke about the games during his annual New Year's Day address, saying his country might meet South Korean officials to discuss sending a Northern delegation to Pyeongchang during the competition next month. However, he also steadfastly declared North Korea a nuclear power. Relations between the Koreas have plunged as North Korea has expanded its weapons programs amid a hard-line stance by Moon's conservative predecessors. The North was subsequently hit with toughened United Nations sanctions, and Kim and President Donald Trump exchanged warlike rhetoric and crude personal insults against each other.

"The entire area of the USA mainland is within our nuclear strike range", he continued, while claiming that now the U.S. "These weapons will be used only if our security is threatened".

Kim also reportedly highlighted the isolated state's economic achievements during the speech, and nodded towards trying to improve the country's standard of living.

"We know about the political tensions on the Korean Peninsula", Bach said in a statement.

Tension has been high on the divided peninsula as the isolated North staged a series of nuclear and missile tests that sparked global alarm, and traded threats of war with the US.

"Kim Jong Un's strategy remains the same".

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The minister said communication channels between the two Koreas in Panmunjom should be restored immediately to hold the inter-Korean, inter-governmental talks, suggesting to discuss details on the January 9 dialogue, such as setting agenda and forming delegations through the restored communication channels.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has repeatedly expressed his hope that the North will participate in the Winter Games. "He's developing nukes while trying to weaken global pressure and the South Korea-U.S. military alliance and get worldwide sanctions lifted", said Shin Beomchul of the Seoul-based Korea National Diplomatic Academy.

"This is reality not a threat".

Kim said: "The Winter Olympic games that will be held soon in the South will be a good opportunity to display the status of the Korean nation, and we sincerely wish that the event will be held with good results".

Choi met North Korea's sports official Mun Woong in China on December 18 on the sidelines of a global youth football tournament where North and South Korea soccer teams competed, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper reported.

The U.S. State Department did not respond to a requests for comment on Kim's New Year's address, but analysts said it was an attempt to weaken the U.S.

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