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North Korea to revive hotline to South Korea

North Korea to revive hotline to South Korea

South Korea proposed to hold talks with the North on January 9, a month before the beginning of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, located 50 miles south of the inter-Korean border.

South Korea said the North had sent its consent for the talks to be held on Tuesday.

In a New Year's Day speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared that Pyongyang possessed weapons capable of striking the mainland US and insisted that the world would have to accept his country as a nuclear-armed state.

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

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.

As we previously reported, the White House says the USA and South Korea want to "de-conflict the Olympics" so the two countries can focus on security for the games. This time, South Korea asked whether they had any news.

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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.

He said future talks involving the United States could allow North Korea to "chart a way for themselves to a more secure future, a more prosperous future", and added: "They do know how to reach us if and when they are ready to engage with us as well".

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. The communications channel between the two Koreas had been cut off for the past two years.

The Trump administration has remained guarded on the prospect of unilateral talks between North and South. Mr Moon's predecessor, Park Geun-hye, passed up an opportunity to meet Hwang Pyong So - then the vice marshal of the Korean People's Army - when he met South Korean officials during a 2014 trip to the Asian Games in Incheon.

During the phone dialogue, Moon said South Korea will closely cooperate with the United States while having inter-Korean talks, stressing that inter-Korean talks would certainly help create an atmosphere for dialogue between the DPRK and the United States to resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula. Officials in Beijing have sought to get the parties back to negotiations to reduce the risk of a U.S. military strike that could topple their longtime ally or draw them into a regional conflict.


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