Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

South Korea Uses Olympics as Leverage Ahead of Talks with North Korea

South Korea Uses Olympics as Leverage Ahead of Talks with North Korea

"They have to be willing to talk about banning their nuclear weapons".

(.) The breakthrough call between Seoul and Pyongyang came last week after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year's address and the reopening of a communication hotline at Panmunjeom.

North Korea has named the members of the delegation that will take part in talks with South Korea next week, the first between the two neighbors in more than two years.

"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, contending his tough words have helped persuade the North to sit down with the South.

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But US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that there was "no turnaround" in the US stance, reiterating that the North must stop nuclear tests for talks with Washington.

"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.' Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

Athletes from the two Koreas took similar steps at global sporting events during an earlier era of inter-Korean detente. Experts also say that North and South Korea carried out smooth coordination for the rank of the figures appointed to the negotiating teams.

Moon's government wants North Korea to participate in the February 9-25 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in hopes of reducing animosities between the rivals, which are separated by the world's most heavily fortified border.

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"Look, right now they're talking Olympics". As the vice minister of the government department responsible for the Pyeongchang Olympics, Roh will be capable of discussing various matters related to North Korea's participation in the Olympics.

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. Pompeo defended Trump's tweets as appropriate and "consistent" with USA goals of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

The size and membership of the North Korean delegation and their accommodation - widely expected to be paid for by Seoul - will also be discussed. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted the move was a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics and was not a political gesture.

Under the deal announced by the foreign ministers of the two countries, Japan gave 1 billion yen ($8.8 million) to a South Korean foundation to support Korean victims, while South Korea agreed to "make efforts" to remove a comfort women monument from in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. Ri is known as a close associate of senior Workers' Party official Kim Yong Chol, who Seoul officials believe was behind two attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans.

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The article was published to mark the high-level meeting to be held on January 9 between representatives of North and South Korea, who have technically been at war for more than 65 years, Efe news agency reported.

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