Number of North Korean defectors to South drop in 2017

North Korea'likely to join Winter Games says IOC official

The 'Truce Village' between North and South Korea

The American spy chief also questioned North Korea's sincerity in coming out for high-level talks with South Korea Tuesday.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, had in his New Year address, expressed an interest in dialogue and indicated that North Korea wants to take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. -South Korea military exercises.

Pushing back at claims President Donald Trump is walking back his tough stance against North Korea and taking more shots at past foreign policy failures, USA ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley contends there is "no turnaround" for the administration's end goal to "denuclearize the peninsula", because "we're going to be smart this time". The IOC previously stated that "all costs for [the athletes'] participation will be covered by Olympic Solidarity and this includes equipment, if needed and requested" by the North Korean Olympic Committee.

"Does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total "might" against the North", Trump tweeted.

The White House also released a statement on the phone conversation between the two leaders, but it put its focus on Presidents Moon and Trump agreeing to quote "continue the campaign of maximum pressure against North Korea" and 'not repeat mistakes of the past.' (STANDUP) While the annual joint military drills are postponed and not cancelled, the agreement between Presidents Moon and Trump will likely create some momentum toward deescalating tensions on the Peninsula ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The head of U.S. forces in South Korea warned on Thursday against raising hopes over North Korea's peace overture. "Because there are so many practical matters to deal with, such as putting together a support team and a team of people to attend the reunions, we're hesitant to jump to conclusions about whether or not an agreement can be reached during the meeting". "It could be a meeting about the Olympics and nothing else happens".

If North Korea had the nuclear capacity to strike the United States mainland - e.g., New York, Washington, D.C., etc. - it could deter the United States from being involved when North Korea attempts to unite South Korea under the regime of North Korea, which is one of North Korea's primary goals.

North Korea should be "careful" about threatening Donald Trump's United States, former Senator Joe Lieberman has warned.

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera sounded a note of caution about the proposed talks.

South Korea's Defence Ministry has said it had yet to see any evidence of an imminent missile launch.

It is noteworthy that EIR Asia specialist Michael Billington had said just one week ago that such breakthroughs were on the way in Korea, not because of any local factors, but due to the global paradigm-shift for which we have been fighting.

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