Korea seeks to discuss divided families, easing tensions at inter-Korean talks

  • Korea seeks to discuss divided families, easing tensions at inter-Korean talks

Korea seeks to discuss divided families, easing tensions at inter-Korean talks

Nikki Haley made clear that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would first need to stop weapons testing for a "significant amount of time".

This week the USA and South Korea agreed to suspend military exercises off the Korean Peninsula until after the Winter Olympic Games.

If the North agrees, one of the top agenda items will be whether the two Koreas' sportspeople make joint entrances to the opening and closing ceremonies, as they did for Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.

If realized, it will be the first time the two Koreas make a joint opening ceremony entrance at an worldwide sporting event since 2007.

In recent weeks, Trump and Kim have traded barbs about their arsenals and the "nuclear button" on their desks, raising fears the two countries could be drawing closer to war.

According to reports, Bach is scheduled to meet Chang Ung, a member of the North Korean Olympic body at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne to discuss North Korea's possible participation in the games.

But North Korea, which is weak in winter sports, now has no athletes qualified to participate in the Pyeonghang Games.

The size and membership of the North Korean delegation and their accommodation - widely expected to be paid for by Seoul - will also be discussed. January 8, 2018 "We plan to discuss matters on the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics, as well as matters related to improving inter-Korean ties".

March 8, 2016U.S. & South Korean troops are participating in exercise #FoalEagle.

The drills' suspension is something that South Korea can not accept in consideration of its relations with the US, its main ally, which is seeking increased pressure and sanctions on the North. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted the move was a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics and was not a political gesture.

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

"The entire process of past North-South relations shows that efforts to improve bilateral ties can come to fruition only when the two sides work together based upon cooperation among Korean people", said the article published by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

South Korea's delegation will be headed by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

The government of liberal President Moon Jae-in has expressed hope that the North's participation will ease tensions on the divided peninsula, which have flared up due to North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations.