North Korea willing to hold talks with US

  • North Korea willing to hold talks with US

North Korea willing to hold talks with US

During a meeting behind closed doors with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North Korean envoys voiced their willingness to sit down with the US.

The protesters also hung a sign that read: "We are against Pyongyang Olympics: fallen into the propaganda of the terrorist Kim Jong Un's brutal regime".

Moon has been working tirelessly to steer the United States and North Korea away from what he considered a collision course, urging them to open talks. Sitting two seats along from him was General Vincent Brooks, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

Vice-President Mike Pence, who led the United States delegation to the opening ceremony, did not stand when the unified team marched into the stadium, but Ivanka Trump stood with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Kim Yong Chol as the athletes from the two Koreas appeared on Sunday night.

Pyongyang has frequently said it is willing to talk without preconditions, but Washington says it must first take concrete steps towards denuclearisation.

"Both sides agreed to work together for permanent peace on the Korean peninsula, sustainable relations between North and South Korea and balanced cooperation with the global society", the South's presidential office said in a statement.

At the opening ceremony earlier this month, Kim Yo Jong sat in the same VIP box with Moon and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

An additional four participants, however, will not take part in a competition, and the MOU has said that the exact scale of the North Korean delegation will be finalized in coordination with IPC.

In his speech at the closing ceremony, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, thanked the athletes from South Korea and North Korea.

Moon has repeatedly stressed the need to continue fostering the recent rapprochement between the two Koreas, so they may soon lead to a resumption of global negotiations on ending the North's nuclear ambition.

According to Moon's office, he said North Korea was "very willing" to hold talks with the US.

"We want to talk only under the right conditions", Trump said.

On Friday, Donald Trump announced harsh new sanctions against North Korea. Two seats down from him was Gen Vincent Brooks, commander of USA forces in South Korea and in the middle of them all - Moon Jae-in, giving handshakes all round.

The statement accuses the United States of raising tensions in the Korean peninsula and noted that Pyongyang owns nuclear weapons to cope with Washington's threats.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told lawmakers last week that former North Korean table tennis player Ri Pun-hui, a 50-year-old official at North Korea's sports association for the disabled, could come to the South.

Diplomacy and sport went hand in hand at the start of the Olympics as well, when a different North Korean delegation including Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was on hand for the opening ceremony.