North Korea accepts talks offer from South over Olympic

North Korea and South Korea will hold official talks next week for the first time since Pyongyang accepted the Seoul dialogue offer, a few hours after the United States and South Korea delayed an exercise. military spouse.The Southern Unification Ministry said North Korea had agreed to hold the talks on Jan. 9 in a statement at 0116 GMT. The last time the two Koreas engaged in official talks was in December 2015.Talks will be held at the border village of Panmunjom and officials from both sides are expected to discuss the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games and improve inter-Korean relations, said ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun .North Korea has called for further negotiations on the meeting to be conducted through documented exchanges, Baik said. Those responsible for representing the two Koreas still need to be confirmed.The spokesman added that there was no change in South Korea's position that North Korea's efforts to denuclearize should be pursued, while Seoul would engage Pyongyang by keeping close communications with South Korea. the United States and their allies.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paved the way for talks with South Korea in a New Year's speech in which he called for the reduction of tensions on the Korean peninsula and signaled the possible participation of the North in the Olympic Games. 'winter.But Kim remained firm on the issue of nuclear weapons, saying the North would mass-produce nuclear missiles for operational deployment and warned again that he would launch a nuclear strike if his country was threatened.US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in announced Thursday that the large-scale military exercises, which will take place in the spring, will take place after the February Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.The North sees these exercises as exercises for a possible invasion. South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with North Korea after the end of the Korean conflict from 1950 to 1953 with a truce, not a peace treaty.Trump described the proposed inter-Korean talks as a "good thing" and would send a high-level delegation, including members of his family, to the Olympic Winter Games, according to the South Korean presidential office.In a tweet, Trump, who launched new insults at the North Korean leader this week, welcomed any dialogue."Does anyone really believe that talks and dialogue would be held between North Korea and South Korea at this time if I were not firm, strong and ready to commit our total" force "against the North?The rise of the inter-Korean dialogue follows a year of missiles and nuclear tests conducted by North Korea and an exchange of warlike comments by Trump and Kim, who have raised the alarm around the world .Earlier this week, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Washington was hearing reports that Pyongyang may be preparing to fire another missile.The South Korean defense ministry said on Thursday that it had not seen anything of an impending missile launch, but it was still possible for North Korea to test missiles at any time.Analysts at 38 North, which tracks North Korea, reported that Pyongyang was preparing to test a rocket engine at a facility in Sohae, Pyongan Province, where all satellite launches have taken place since 2012. .Commercial satellite imagery on December 25 showed that a rail-mounted environmental shelter had been moved from a test stand, indicating that an engine test could be in the near future, according to the website.

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