United States not budging on demands that North Korea halt nuclear weapons

CIA Chief Defends Intelligence on North Korean Threat

CIA Chief Defends Intelligence on North Korean Threat

The agenda is expected to focus on North Korea's participation in the PyeongChang games that will run from February 9 to February 25. -South Korean military exercises that it calls a rehearsal for an invasion.

North Korea's participation in PyeongChang and a rapprochement between the two Koreas could contribute to easing the peninsular tensions that were raised throughout 2017 by Pyongyang's regular ballistic weapons tests and US President Donald Trump's belligerent rhetoric.

As well as the Olympics, the two sides could bring up their own priority issues, which analysts say will be much more challenging.

The decision comes after the Koreas reopened a cross-border hotline on Wednesday that had been offline since 2016.

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.

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President Donald Trump's United Nations ambassador said Sunday the administration isn't changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea amid growing tensions over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

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 USA nuclear button was "much bigger & more powerful", and that his button "works".

Critics called Kim's mixed message a gambit to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington, weaken USA -led worldwide pressure and buy time for North Korea to flawless its nuclear weapons.

This Thursday, President Trump took to Twitter to offer his analysis about the recent development.

"You have to have a certain attitude and you have to be prepared to do certain things and I'm totally prepared to do that", Trump said, suggesting that his tough language has helped persuade the North to sit down with the South.

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Trump has at times taken a provocative stance toward Kim, trading personal insults with the North Korean leader and threatening to utterly destroy his regime with "fire and fury". "Once this political commitment is clear the International Olympic Committee will take the final decision".

"For us, it's a practical matter", Mattis said to reporters, explaining that the Olympics are South Korea's largest draw of worldwide tourism.

"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".

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