Trump says willing to speak to Kim Jong

Controls throttle defection from N Korea

South Korea and North Korea on Friday agreed to hold high-level talks next week to discuss Pyongyang's potential participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and ways to improve bilateral ties.

North Korea alerted the South over the weekend that it will send its veteran negotiator on inter-Korean relations, Ri Son Gwon, to lead its five-person delegation to the meeting.

Both sides agreed last Friday to hold their first official dialogue in more than two years at the border village of Panmunjom.

South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said they had received a fax from North Korea at 10:16am local time confirming their acceptance of the meeting.

US President Donald Trump has said he is ready to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un leader, whom he called the "little rocket man" not long ago.

US President Donald Trump has said that he was willing to speak to North Korean' Kim Jong-un.

In his Monday address, Kim also pointed out that he has a "nuclear button" on his desk and noted that all US territory is within striking distance of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Now, as part of efforts to smooth the path to the Olympics, the United States has agreed to a request from South Korea to suspend joint military operations, scheduled to take place during the Games.

North Korea's young leader has shrugged off multiple sets of new UN Security Council sanctions as his regime drives forward with its weapons programs, which it says are needed to defend against USA aggression.


"The president has made very clear that were going to do everything we can to do that in a way that doesn't involve military action", Pompeo said, "but has equally made clear that we're not going to stand for allowing Kim Jong Un to hold Los Angeles, or Denver, or NY at risk".

"It is a serious situation, and he can't sit there and imply that he's going to destroy the United States without us reminding him of the facts and the reality that if you go there, it's not us that's going to be destroyed, it's you".

Haley dismissed the notion that Trump had changed his stance by expressing willingness to negotiate with North Korea, while appearing on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" Sunday.

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 USA aggression.

The following day, the United States accepted South Korea's proposal to delay yearly military drills until after the Olympics.

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera sounded a note of caution about the proposed talks.

"I would love to see it go far beyond the Olympics, absolutely".

"The reality is this is a very risky situation", she said of the threat of nuclear war with North Korea. "We have no intention of weakening our warning and surveillance".

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