U.S. president Donald Trump has said he would "absolutely" be willing to talk on the phone to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and that he hopes a positive development arises from talks between North Korea and South Korea. What they know is we're not letting up on the pressure.
"I don't think they know what the United States is going to do at any given time".
"I'd like to see them getting involved in the Olympics and maybe things go from there", he said. The U.S. Saying they will not sit down with the north unless it accepts denuclearization.
"The government is looking beyond North Korea's participation in the PyeongChang Olympics to consider ways to improve inter-Korean relations and seek close collaboration with the worldwide community to bring about North Korea's denuclearization", Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said during the launch of a foreign ministry task force in charge of foreign state leaders' visits to the Olympics.
"We don't know if it's a genuine olive branch or not", Mattis also said, referring to Kim's overture.
North and South Korea will hold the first high-level talks in two years in the border truce village of Panmunjom on Tuesday.
North Korea asked for further negotiations about the meeting to be carried out via documented exchanges, Baik said.
Still, Pompeo admitted that the recent engagement had given the USA a clearer picture of the thinking of Kim, who celebrated a quiet birthday Monday, and his inner circle.
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"I think what is important is to maintain a firm defence posture", he told reporters in Tokyo.
The Trump administration has insisted there can be no bilateral talks without a sign that North Korea will abandon its nuclear arsenal.
Recent developments proved such claims to be false as the Kim regime continued to test missile after missile with South Korean officials suggesting that the only thing holding them back is a reliable reentry vehicle for nuclear warheads - something they are bound to acquire within the year.
In the address Kim Jung Un mentioned the United States.
United States intelligence agencies have wildly underestimated North Korea's nuclear missile capabilities according to a scathing report by the New York Times. "He understands that." But Trump said the U.S.is working on a peaceful solution.
In a tweet, Trump, who hurled fresh insults at the North Korean leader this week, took credit for any dialogue that takes place.
While Mr Trump can be serious about direct talks with Mr Kim as he is eager to build political achievement prior to the US' mid-term election in November, the prospect for talks would hinge on the two countries' tug-of-war over the pre-conditions for talks to take place, an analyst said. They have to stop testing.
Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera sounded a note of caution about the proposed talks. "We'll see if the North Koreans come with more than just wanting to talk about the Olympics".