S.Korea offers high-ranking govt talks with N.Korea on January 9

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Pyongyang and Seoul should improve their relations and the path to dialogue is open, Mr Kim was reported as saying. "These weapons will be used only if our security is threatened". Trump has nicknamed Kim "Little Rocket Man" and referred to his weight, while the North Korean leader has called the USA president a "dotard" and warned of the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

If Kim can make it through 2018 without being annihilated in a war with the USA or somehow forced to relinquish his WMDs, North Korea will likely become a full-fledged nuclear weapons state sometime this year, with all the deterrent capability and geopolitical clout that entails.

On the same day that North Korea wished success for the upcoming 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, Olympic leaders expressed confidence that the global sporting event can reach "beyond all political division". On Saturday, North Korea said it had no plans to alter the course of its nuclear weapons development in the coming year, but Kim's latest remarks suggest that he may in fact be more receptive to Moon's proposal than he looks.

Kim also said he was open to dialogue with Seoul, prompting South Korea on Tuesday to propose high-level talks between the two countries on January 9 at the border truce village of Panmunjeom.

South Korea has seized and inspected a Panama-flagged ship suspected of selling oil to North Korea at sea in violation of United Nations sanctions, maritime authorities said, according to Yonhap News Agency reported.

S.Korea offers high-ranking govt talks with N.Korea on January 9
S.Korea offers high-ranking govt talks with N.Korea on January 9

"We hope that the South and North can sit face to face and discuss the participation of the North Korean delegation at the Pyeongchang Games as well as other issues of mutual interest for the improvement of inter-Korean ties".

South Korea has offered high-level talks with rival North Korea meant to find ways to cooperate on the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South next month.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September in defiance of worldwide sanctions, raising fears of a new conflict on the Korean peninsula. "Officials from the two Koreas may urgently meet to discuss the possibility", Kim said.

Kim also reportedly highlighted the isolated state's economic achievements during the speech, and nodded towards trying to improve the country's standard of living. On Sunday, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen told ABC News that the us was closer than ever before to nuclear war with North Korea. Kim added the goal for 2018 is to "mass produce and deploy nuclear warheads and missiles".




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