North Korea Winter Olympics talks set for Tuesday

Marsha Scott
January 6, 2018

In response, South Korea's unification minister Cho Myoung-Gyon on Tuesday offered to hold high-level talks on January 9 to discuss the North's participation in the Olympics as well as other matters of mutual interest.

"With all of the failed "experts" weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total "might" against the North. Fools, but talks are a good thing!" he said on Twitter.

President Trump, who had engaged in a war of words and insults with Kim including saying that his "nuclear button" is bigger than the North Korean's, tried on Thursday to claim credit for the talks.

The annual war games, which tended to kick off in mid-March and last by the end of April, could coincide with the 2018 Winter Olympics scheduled to run from February 9 to February 25 and the Winter Paralympic Games from March 9 to March 18.

The Pentagon has said US President Donald Trump has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics.

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 US aggression.

North Korea Winter Olympics talks set for Tuesday

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.

President Moon said last month that he had proposed to the US side to postpone the joint war games to successfully host the winter sports event.

"They can talk with whoever they want", she said about North Korea, but made the United States requirements clear.

Later he said, "In terms of whether it's a one-off (gesture) from him or a real olive branch, I don't know". North Korea then called again on Wednesday a few hours later proposing to "call it a day", according to a South Korean ministry official, quoted in the country's news agency Yonhap. Commercial satellite imagery suggested that North Korea was preparing for a rocket engine test at the Sohae launch facility in the country's northeast, the website 38 North reported Friday.

Global sporting events have previously produced diplomatic openings between the two Koreas, only to lead nowhere.

China announced on Thursday that its special envoy for Korean affairs, Kong Xuanyou, was heading to Seoul for talks Friday and Saturday.

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