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United States says 'ready to talk with NK'

United States says 'ready to talk with NK'

The unified hockey team representing North Korea and South Korea didn't fare so well in their first outing, losing 8-0 to Switzerland.

The prospect of talks comes after months of tension between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons, with US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trading insults and threats amid tightening sanctions from the United Nations.

Throughout the ceremony there were constant winks to peace, such as the theme "Imagine" by John Lennon, an ode to coexistence, sung by four well-known South Korean singers.

An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South's Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon hosted the North Koreans for lunch Sunday before Moon's chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, hosted them for dinner ahead of the concert.

Pence and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in agreed on a post-Olympics strategy during conversations at the Winter Olympics in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang that Pence dubbed "maximum pressure and engagement at the same time".

North Korea held a scaled-down military parade Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces' foundation, on the eve of the PyeongChang Games.

Mattis also said he doubted that the sporting rapprochement would undermine US-South Korean ties.

"President Moon must balance his desire for North-South reconciliation with his policy of denuclearization", Manning said.

The meeting came amid brisk diplomacy among the members of six-party denuclearisation talks - the United States, China, Japan, Russia and the two Koreas.

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"I am very confident, as President Trump is, that President Moon will continue to stand strongly with us in our extreme-pressure campaign", Pence told NBC in an interview on Friday, maintaining all options were open to deal with the crisis.

But they cautioned against any excessive optimism about her travel, saying that an improvement of inter-Korean relations would be limited without progress over the resolution of North Korea's nuclear standoff.

Kyodo quoted a Japanese government source as saying: "It is clear to see that Kim Jong Un's agenda is to get a dialogue offensive under way".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang could complicate the Trump administration's diplomatic efforts to pressure the reclusive communist state to abandon its nuclear weapons program, analysts say.

By also sending a youthful, photogenic individual who would surely draw global attention at the Olympics, Kim might have also been trying to construct a fresher image of the country, particularly in face of USA efforts to use the Olympics as an occasion to highlight the North's brutal human rights record.

"If it leads to promises of aid, then it would definitely undermine the maximum pressure strategy", Gause said, referring to the proposed summit between the two Koreas. Previously, the USA had ruled out any possibility of talks with the North unless it agreed to discuss giving up its nuclear weapons.

Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim, reporting from the South Korean city of Gangneung, said the meeting would be famous in history.

But analysts say it may be more hard for the South to arrange a summit with the North coming off a year in which Pyongyang test-fired dozens of missiles, including three ICBMs, and conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date.

Pence also attended the Games opening ceremony but had no contact with the North Korean delegation.

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However, while Getafe have played better in their last six games, they have been bad away from home. Barcelona are held, at the Camp Nou, by Getafe in a goalless encounter.


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