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Trump claims he 'probably' has a good relationship with N. Korea leader

13 Enero 2018

The first meeting of its kind between the nations in about two years was arranged after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made an abrupt push for improved ties with South Korea following a year of escalating tensions with the outside world over his expanding nuclear and missile programs.

The latest discrepancy between the readouts of Trump and Moon's call may reveal that South Korea is pushing back on the pressure, which sometimes entails loose talk of putting South Korean lives at risk.

The conversation comes one day after the two Koreas held their first high-level talks in two years, resulting in North Korea's inclusion in the upcoming Winter Olympics.

He said North Korea will send a delegation of officials, athletes, cheerleaders and journalists to the February 9-25 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Moon added that President Donald J. Trump deserves "great credit" for bringing North Korea to talks this week, citing the US-led campaign to increase pressure.

"If they want to drive a wedge into the alliance between the United States and South Korea, this could just be their opening gambit", he said.

White House and National Security Council officials declined to comment on whether Trump and Kim have talked. "Denuclearization and inter-Korean relations are not separate issues", Moon said.

The two sides will hold working-level talks in order to have a North Korean delegation conduct an on-site survey of the Olympic facilities in Pyeongchang prior to the arrival of the athletes.

Lee writes that "having gained confidence in its ability to defend itself from USA aggression, North Korea appears ready to move onto other important matters, like building its economy and improving relations with the South. ..."

New sets of commemorative coins and banknotes for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang were unveiled in Seoul on Wednesday.

North Korean soldiers on the border with South Korea on November 27, 2017.

"You'll see that a lot with me", he said.

The US leader also denied American media reports he was considering launching a strike against North Korea, stressing "there will be no military action during the inter-Korean dialogue".

The White House announced Wednesday that Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, will lead the USA delegation at the Olympics. For Seoul, which wants to host a successful - and safe - Olympics, it was an enticing overture. "I don't know who Putin is".

South Korea should remember that the global community has been upgrading sanctions against North Korea to get Kim's regime to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.

It also threatens to side-swipe next week's Vancouver summit on North Korea, a summit jointly hosted by the USA and Canada.

The newspaper also labeled the South Korea-US military exercises and Seoul's drive to strengthen military capabilities as the main causes of military tension, making the situation on the peninsula "dangerous and unpredictable".

Trump also said that he probably has a "very good relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un but did not confirm or deny if he had spoken to the leader in Pyongyang. "Even as Moon and Kim take cautious steps to resume North-South contact, we can be sure that the wheels are already turning in Washington to undermine this effort".

Trump claims he 'probably' has a good relationship with N. Korea leader