The two Koreas released a joint statement saying, "South and North Korea have decided to make joint efforts for the unity of the people and reconciliation by establishing an environment for peace and easing military tensions on the Korean Peninsula".
South Korean President Moon Jae-in's energetic pursuit of rapprochement with the North has left many of Seoul's allies concerned that inter-Korean talks could blow a hole in global sanctions and threaten efforts to separate Pyongyang from its nuclear weapons.
In the middle of the ongoing war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un, Trump, on Friday, has out of the blue insinuated he could be having a "good relationship" with Kim.
Although Trump's tone toward North Korea and its leader mostly ranged from "Little Rocket Man" and threats of "fire and fury" a year ago, Trump, at times, has also praised its leader and indicated that he would be open to talks with him.
It added that the two leaders hoped the latest dialogue effort would lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue and the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula, beyond next month's Olympics.
The commentary says that the US-South Korea exercises and inter-Korean dialogue are incompatible and that the drills should be completely stopped rather than postponed. "I said to my team: Can you imagine what that would look like?" They also agreed to hold talks between defense officials of the two governments. Trump has said North Korea won't be allowed to develop a nuclear missile capable of striking the USA, and has threatened war if economic sanctions and negotiations can't avert Kim's ambitions for such a weapon.
When Kim addressed the nation on the first day of the new year, as he has done annually since 2013, he said that eliminating non-socialist elements in society would be a key task for 2018 in the repressive nation. North Korea's aggressive pursuit of a ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S. with a nuclear warhead has emerged as the president's most fraught foreign crisis. Notably, while North Korea claims that it has acquired the capability to strike at the United States mainland most experts doubt that it has developed the technology to miniaturise the nuclear warhead, fit it on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and ensure its re-entry in the atmosphere after the launch.
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The retired deputy commander said Kim boasted suicide bombers would would kill themselves if it meant helping North Korea.
During an earlier era of inter-Korean detente, athletes from the North and South paraded together at worldwide sports events such as the Olympics and fielded a unified Korean team.
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He said: "You have no idea how indoctrinated they are". -South Korean alliance, the party warned.
"We can not say talks are the sole answer", Moon added.
The US has not had any direct contact with North Korea since 2012, at least officially. "Hopefully, it will lead to success for the world, not just for our country, but for the world".
Fears of a catastrophic conflict between the U.S. and North Korea spiked as the leaders of the two nations taunted each other, with President Donald Trump calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "Rocket Man".