The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks Tuesday, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea and reopen a military hotline.
The White House reported a pretty standard conversation, while South Korea reported that Trump firmly denied reports that he's considering a "bloody nose" strike on North Korea.
"We have certainly problems with North Korea", Trump said at a news conference, but "a lot of good talks are going on right now".
It added that the two leaders hoped the latest dialogue effort would lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue and the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula, beyond next month's Olympics. It is the North's considerable conventional power along the Demilitarized Zone and its weapons of mass destruction that prevent a more powerful nation like the United States, South Korea or Japan from ending the Kim family's reign for good.
"You see that a lot with me and then all of a sudden somebody's my best friend", he said.
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He said North Korea will send a delegation of officials, athletes, cheerleaders and journalists to the February 9-25 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The U.S. worries that the North could use the Olympics as a pretext to extract support including humanitarian aid from the South, sapping the effectiveness of sanctions that aim to choke the government in Pyongyang financially and cut off funding for nuclear weapons and missile development.
In his New Year's Day address, Kim said he was willing to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games. The three countries need to keep up their close coordination as they deal with North Korea so that the North-South dialogue won't be used as a cover for Pyongyang to fend off tightening pressure for its denuclearization or to buy time while it upgrades its nuclear arms and missile capabilities.
"Not helpful enough, but they have been very helpful". That was followed by the postponement of US -led military exercises in the region with South Korea.
"Even if we have one Korean team in women's hockey, we'll make sure it will not come at the expense of South Korean players", he said, according to Yonhap. All outlined the same basic premise: that the White House is considering a limited strike on North Korea, referred to as "the bloody-nose option". -South Korean alliance, the party warned.
"At a minimum, he thinks that warning the Chinese about a preemptive strike would motivate Beijing to force Kim to shut down the programs that threaten the USA", the official said. "Hopefully, it will lead to success for the world, not just for our country, but for the world".