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Korea seeks to discuss divided families, easing tensions at inter-Korean talks

Korea seeks to discuss divided families, easing tensions at inter-Korean talks

She said before the United States would engage in serious talks with North Korea, Pyongyang would have to end its missile tests "for a significant amount of time" and be willing to discuss ending its use of nuclear weapons.

"The will to enhance North-South relations must be backed up not by words, but by practical actions to foster inter-Korean reconciliation and unity, and reunification", it said.

On Saturday, Trump said he was "100 percent" behind the talks and hoped for positive developments.

Critics called Kim's mixed message a gambit to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington, weaken USA -led worldwide pressure and buy time for North Korea to flawless its nuclear weapons.

The tentative rapprochement comes after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un warned in his New Year speech that he had a nuclear button on his desk, but also said Pyongyang could send a team to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Athletes from the two Koreas took similar steps at worldwide sporting events during an earlier era of inter-Korean detente.

"The priority will be discussions over North Korea's possible participation in the PyeongChang Olympics and the Paralympics", he said.

Moon's government wants North Korea to participate in the February 9-25 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in hopes of reducing animosities between the rivals, which are separated by the world's most heavily fortified border. It needs to receive an additional quota to compete, and its International Olympic Committee representative, Chang Ung, headed to Switzerland over the weekend for talks with IOC officials, according to Japanese media.

South Korea will announce Tuesday its position on a deal with Japan over "comfort women" forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels, the Foreign Ministry said, an agreement meant to "finally and irreversibly" settle the issue when adopted two years ago.

Moon's government wants to resume temporary reunions of families separated by war and work out measures to reduce threats in frontline areas. "It's very important that we don't ever let [Kim] get so arrogant that he doesn't realize the reality of what would happen if he started a nuclear war", Haley told host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. -South Korean military exercises that it calls a rehearsal for an invasion.

North Korea's pending participation in PyeongChang will do more than stifle ticket sales due to safety concerns and skyrocket ratings from a fascinated onslaught of viewers; it will provide a long-awaited climax to a narrative that's been escalating over the past half-century.

An agreement by South Korea to revive a jointly run industrial park or a tourism project could also draw criticism from overseas that it violates United Nations sanctions because they would result in South Korean money being sent to North Korea, critics say. (,.) The North's delegation will be led by Ri Son-gwon, the chair of the North's state agency in charge of inter-Korean affairs, who will be greeted by a five-member delegation from South Korea led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

Ri, who has a military background, is known as one of the closest aides to Kim Yong-chol, the head of the ruling party's United Front Department and former chief of North Korea's reconnaissance bureau.


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