North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with South Korea next week, the first in more than two years, hours after Washington and Seoul delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.
During the phone call with Moon, Trump said the US would send a delegation, including members of his family, to the Olympics, and that he fully supports the South Korean leader, Moon's office said.
"Look, right now they're talking Olympics".
The North's message comes a day after the South offered to send a five-member delegation led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon to the talks scheduled for tomorrow. The cable that North Korea sent through a phone call on January 5 was signed by Ri and addressed to Cho. And North Korea has no military reason to stop its nuclear program.
Speaking to CNN, Tillerson made clear that Washington was also open to talks with North Korea, but warned that while it aimed to resolve the crisis diplomatically, "those diplomatic efforts are backed by a strong military option if necessary". The scope and extent of improving inter-Korean relations will apparently be determined during the talks themselves.
Sceptics say Kim is trying to drive a wedge between the allies - the U.S. has 28,500 troops stationed in the South to defend it from the North - at a time when the global community should remain united in putting pressure and sanctions on the North over its weapons programmes.
Moon was quoted by the Blue House. The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said consideration will need to be based on the actual scale and form of participation and method of support.
Commercial satellite imagery from December 25 showed a rail-mounted environment shelter had been moved away from a test stand, indicating that an engine test may be in the near future, the website said, rather than a new rocket launch suspected in recent media reports.
"Factors such as the time, location and agenda of the talks are open for now".
While Moon campaigned on a platform of greater engagement with North Korea, South Koreans have seen both hard-line and more accommodating approaches toward Pyongyang fail over the years.
Trump tweeted, adding that "talks are a good thing!"
US President Donald Trump endorsed the talks Thursday, calling them a "good thing" while agreeing to delay military exercises until after the event. Moon also reportedly stressed the importance of inter-Korean talks.
This time, DPRK Today says, North Korean workers had already built their own ski lift before construction of the ski slopes at Kanggye had begun, "using our own muscle and techniques".
Trump may have credited his own aggressive stance toward the crisis on the Korean Peninsula with getting South Korea and North Korea to restart talks, but the official organ of China's ruling Communist Party said Thursday that the USA leader has only made things worse.
Haley admitted the ever-evolving situation with North Korea is a "very risky situation" President Trump has been left to deal with by the Obama administration. It should keep in mind why it is holding talks with the North.