North Korea says likely to join Olympics in South

North Korea says likely to join Olympics in South

"Right now, they're talking Olympics".

A North Korean Olympic official has said that his country is "likely to participate" in next month's Winter Olympic Games in Seoul, reports say.

However, skeptics in the West and South Korea said that the Sunshine Policy of a decade ago, which promoted warmer relations between the two Koreas, failed to halt Pyongyang's nuclear progress.

Pompeo said US intelligence had provided an understanding of North Korea's capabilities and intent, and got the pace of the nuclear program "mostly right". Trying to divine Kim's thinking from North Korean propaganda broadcasts is about as unrewarding as deconstructing Trump's tweets.

U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong Un's has kept the North Korean leader "on his toes" and made clear the risks of a nuclear standoff, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday.

"While President Trump meant to sound tough - responding directly to Kim's statement about his nuclear capabilities and highlighting how the US arsenal, conventional and nuclear, is much stronger - this bluster is seen by many as juvenile and unsafe", he said.

At the same time, the USA has been holding nearly non-stop drills all year in Korea, so it's hard to imagine why there would suddenly be a logistics issue related to the Paralympics which would be putting things on hold.

The latest round of sanctions passed in December bans the supply of almost 75 per cent of refined oil products to North Korea, puts a cap on crude deliveries and orders all North Korean nationals working overseas to be sent back by the end of 2019. "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!"

After December 2015, this will be the first such high-level direct contact between the two Koreas, which are technically in a state of war as the 1950-53 conflict did not end in a peace treaty. At Moon's request, Trump delayed annual joint US-South Korean military exercises-long a source of consternation to the North-until after the Paralympic Games conclude on 18 March.

A commentary Sunday published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang described improved ties with Seoul as a "crucial matter", departing from its usually dismissive tone toward the South.

"It's not what I said at all", he responded. The timing suggests, as Kim himself did in his speech, that global sanctions are beginning to cause real pain inside North Korea.

The latest developments taking place in the first week of 2018 are seen as a positive step toward the success of the Olympics and inter-Korean rapprochement. "Talks for the sake of talks are meaningless".

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