Trump says he'd be open to talking with North Korean leader

The talks come after North Korea's Kim used his New Year's Day speech to announce he was open to sending a delegation to the Olympics as well as generally reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula, while vowing to never give up his nuclear weapons program.

She said that if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were to launch a nuclear attack on the United States, "It is not going to be us [The United States] that is destroyed". Sanctions imposed by the U.N. and individual nations were toughened after North Korea's sixth and biggest nuclear test and three intercontinental ballistic missile launches previous year.

The respective delegations are expected to discuss North Korean participation in the Winter Olympics - to be held in February in the South Korean county of PyeongChang - and other ways to improve bilateral ties. Kim accepted Moon's proposal.

On Monday, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said the Japanese and South Korean delegates to the six-party talks on denuclearizing North Korea agreed to step up diplomatic efforts to tap the "peace momentum" on the Korean Peninsula to resolve their nuclear tensions with Pyongyang.

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.

If the North agrees, one of the top agenda items will be whether the two Koreas' sportspeople make joint entrances to the opening and closing ceremonies, as they did for Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.

Athletes from the two Koreas took similar steps at global sporting events during an earlier era of inter-Korean detente.

But North Korea, which is weak in winter sports, now has no athletes qualified to participate in the Pyeonghang Games. It's not my understanding that they're going to talk about anything further.

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"We will listen to what North Korea will say".

This week the US and South Korea agreed to suspend military exercises off the Korean Peninsula until after the Winter Olympic Games.

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

Nuclear attack preparedness in the U.S.is the topic of discussion at a public meeting scheduled by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 16 in Washington, D.C. -South Korean military exercises that it calls a rehearsal for an invasion. But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has insisted the delay is a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics, not a political gesture.

"For us, it's a practical matter", Mattis said to reporters, explaining that the Olympics are South Korea's largest draw of worldwide tourism.

The United States, which has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea as a legacy of the 1950-1953 Korean War, initially responded coolly to the idea of inter-Korean meetings.

The North Korean delegation is headed by Ri Son Gwon, a hardliner who heads a government agency that handles relations with South Korea.

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