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North Korea asks Seoul to abandon military drills with US

North Korea asks Seoul to abandon military drills with US

The two countries, technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended with a truce, agreed on Tuesday that North Korea would send a large delegation across the border to next month's Games.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday said denuclearisation of the peninsula remains a "basic and indispensable goal" after both Koreas held "historic" bilateral talks to alleviate tensions.

Donald Trump has mocked Kim Jong Un's weight and called him "little rocket man" in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

No sitting U.S. president, according to Gordon Chang, an author and expert on North Korea, has ever talked to the current Kim family ruler in North Korea. "Hopefully, a lot of good things are going to work out".

For months, the US president and North Korea's leader have volleyed insults back and forth, most memorably with Trump dubbing Kim Jong Un "rocket man", and Kim responding that Trump was a "dotard".

The hope for Pence is to send a strong statement to North Korea, which will be participating in the games, according to a release. The state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper criticized Trump for "boasting of 'diplomatic success, '" but it did not mention the negotiations.

Rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, which conducted its largest nuclear test in September and fired off a powerful ICBM in late November, have raised concerns worldwide.

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It also added that diminishing the risks of war on the Korean peninsula was an important issue for the unification of people and the reunification of the country, which they have to carry out without intervention.

What an ambitious goal!

On January 10, the White House cited Trump's willingness to hold talks "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances" with Pyongyang.

Trump later walked those comments back. His tune changed as the discussions seemed to yield fruit, however.

Trump's remarks have shelved his often-bellicose rhetoric on Kim Jong-un, North Korea's top leader. In this case, the pressure from Trump seems to have achieved this in spades.

The White House said Moon and Trump agreed that, as long as the North refuses to discuss curbing its nuclear development, the global community should continue to exert "maximum pressure" through stiff sanctions imposed on Pyongyang by the United Nations council this year.


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