Trump says he'd be open to talking with North Korean leader

Trump says he'd be open to talking with North Korean leader

Trump says he'd be open to talking with North Korean leader

Kang is also expected to comment on a two-track strategy on Japan that aims to keep historical disputes separate from other aspects of bilateral relations, such as cooperation over the North Korea issue.

Tuesday's meeting will be the first high-level dialogue between the two Koreas since December 2015.

South Korean officials say they will focus in the talks on Olympic cooperation before moving onto more hard political and military issues. It will be the first time that the country's top point man on unification and the vice minister are included together in a delegation. "That's why the government made the composition of the delegation in such a way", the minister said.

According to reports, Bach is scheduled to meet Chang Ung, a member of the North Korean Olympic body at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne to discuss North Korea's possible participation in the games.

A veteran negotiator in inter-Korean affairs, he has participated in talks with North Korea since the 1990s, including their last summit in 2007.

Haley told Stephanopoulos that the rogue nation has to stop conducting nuclear tests and must be willing to discuss nuclear weapons before any talks can take place.

"The IOC will at very short notice continue its talks with all the parties concerned so that we can take the necessary decisions about participation and the format of any participation in due time", the IOC spokesman said.

This week the US and South Korea agreed to suspend military exercises off the Korean Peninsula until after the Winter Olympic Games. "We expect that discussions on inter-Korean relations will likely cover issues of mutual concern, particularly something that carries urgency, like Seoul's July proposal".

The drills' suspension is something that South Korea can not accept in consideration of its relations with the USA, its main ally, which is seeking increased pressure and sanctions on the North.

President Trump said that he was open to direct talks with the North Korea regime, adding "But we have a very firm stance".

Baik also declined to elaborate when asked whether Seoul could raise North Korea's 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship during Tuesday's meeting.

Analysts say the Moon administration is trying to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula through the talks.

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.

In that same speech, Kim added that North Korea would continue "mass producing" nuclear weapons, which prompted a response from Trump in which he mocked Kim by stating that the U.S. nuclear button was "much bigger & more powerful", and that his button "works".

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