North Korean soldiers, left, look at the South side while U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo visit the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border between North and South Korea Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. The prevailing view is that South Korean government assistance with lodging costs for the North Korean team would not be in violation of the UNSC resolutions because they would not be provided in cash.
One of the darkest shadows over the new year is the danger that the Trump administration will stumble into a devastating war with North Korea.
Ministry spokesman Baek Tae-Hyun told journalists that the agenda would include the Pyeongchang Olympics "and the issue of improving inter-Korean relations". The head of USA forces in South Korea warned on Thursday against raising hopes over North Korea's peace overture.More news: Father of Yerry Mina: I thank God for Barcelona move
"We've got Kim Jong-un nervous and maybe he's going to begin to co-operate or at least lessen the tensions he's creating but he's a danger, the North Korean leader's a danger".
Pyongyang has yet to respond to Seoul's proposal for talks, which came in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un saying his country could discuss its possible participation in the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next month.
However, if North Korea did not stop their nuclear program, then the United States should then immediately and aggressively assist South Korea and Japan with a complete and full nuclear arsenal capable of totally annihilating any aggressor. They have to be willing to talk about banning their nuclear weapons.More news: England win toss as Hales returns; Tye debuts for Australia
The U.S. described the move to put off its annual drill with South Korea as an effort to "de-conflict" the military exercise and the Winter Games, allowing Moon to "focus on ensuring the security" of the Olympics, due to start February 9.
In a phone call earlier in the day, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to postpone the allies' annual military exercises until after the games.
Pompeo said United States intelligence had provided an understanding of North Korea's capabilities and intent, and got the pace of the nuclear program "mostly right".More news: Top honchos exit Disney board
With regard to President Trump potentially fanning those "very dangerous" flames with pointed and mocking tweets of Kim, Haley did what very few do: She praised being strategically "unpredictable" as "not a bad thing". Since North Korea has demanded the repatriation of the 12 North Korean women who were part of a group defection from the city of Ningbo in China's Zhejiang Province in April 2016 as the prerequisite for reunions for the divided families, it's unclear whether Red Cross talks can be held. "It should properly know that the whole territory of the U.S.is within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office, and this is just a reality, not a threat". Before his reckless tweet about his "Button", Trump struck a more appropriate note: "Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not - we will see!"