South Korea, US suspend military exercises until after Winter Olympics

Korea talks may set the tone

"They have to be willing to talk about banning their nuclear weapons". When high-ranking North Korean figures visited Incheon to attend the Asian Games in October 2014, Chun was the South Korean government official sent to meet them.

South Korean officials say they will focus in the talks on Olympic cooperation before moving onto more hard political and military issues.

This is an apparent reference to increased criticism by the conservative South Korean opposition, which argues that financing the North's athletes in PyeongChang could violate global sanctions imposed on the Kim Jong-un regime for its weapons programme.

"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times, '" Trump said in a tweet. The annual event helps maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula.

"For North Korea to achieve its desired effects and to attract attention, it will have to dispatch its beauty cheering squad", said An Chan Il, a defector-turned-researcher who heads the World Institute for North Korea Studies.

As South Korea scrambles to make the most of the apparent thaw in relations, reports surfaced that International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will be meeting with the North Korean representative in Switzerland some time this week. Hwang attended vice minister-level inter-Korean talks held in 2015 and inter-Korean working-level talks held in 2013 to address the Kaesong Complex crisis as an advisor for North Korea's National Economic Cooperation Federation, which oversees the North's cooperation projects with the South.

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Moon's government wants to resume temporary reunions of families separated by war and work out measures to reduce threats in frontline areas.

South Korea plans to announce on Tuesday its position on a two-year-old agreement with Japan to permanently resolve their dispute over the "comfort women" forced into Japan's military brothels before and during the war, and will not demand that it be renegotiated or scrapped, Yonhap news agency reported Monday.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in persuaded the United States to delay joint military exercises until after the Olympics in a bid to reduce tensions and possibly create room for diplomacy.

A veteran negotiator in inter-Korean affairs, he has participated in talks with North Korea since the 1990s, including their last summit in 2007. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted the move was a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics and was not a political gesture.

For Tuesday's talks, South Korea's five-member delegation will be led by Unification Minister Cho Myong Gyun, the country's top official for relations with the North.

An agreement by South Korea to revive a jointly run industrial park or a tourism project could also draw criticism from overseas that it violates United Nations sanctions because they would result in South Korean money being sent to North Korea, critics say. Ri is known as a close associate of senior Workers' Party official Kim Yong Chol, who Seoul officials believe was behind two attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans.

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