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Pence to head delegation to South Korea Olympics

13 Enero 2018
Pence to head delegation to South Korea Olympics

He also proposed to begin negotiations with no pre-conditions this week between high-level officials of North and South Korea in the Demilitarized Zone village at Panmunjom.

The two countries, technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended with a truce, agreed on Tuesday that North Korea would send a large delegation across the border to next month's Games.

The conversation between Trump and Moon came as representatives from South Korea and North Korea met on Tuesday for diplomatic discussions for the first time in more than two years.

President Donald Trump spoke with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae In, on Wednesday to discuss the recent progress and looming threats of the North Korean nuclear crisis, but each country gave a varying account. Washington insists that any future talks should be aimed at North Korea giving up it nuclear weapons, something Pyongyang rejects. Both the sides agreed to resolve problems between them through dialogue.

"Hopefully a lot of good things are going to work out", he added. According to 38 North, a website devoted to analysis of North Korea, U.S. commercial satellites show images of North Korean soldiers digging another tunnel in the western section of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site since December.

North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Games is a tacit guarantee that it will refrain from such provocations during February and March, when the Olympics and Paralympics are held. All outlined the same basic premise: that the White House is considering a limited strike on North Korea, referred to as "the bloody-nose option".

China, which has proposed a return to six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons, welcomed the North-South meeting. In Thursday's interview with the Wall Street Journal, he boasted, "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un".

Moon credited Trump with having "made a huge contribution to make inter-Korean talks happen [and] I'd like to express my gratitude".

A senior South Korean government official noted that the North Korean regime will have no choice but to hold talks with the U.S. if it wanted to develop its stagnating economy. The International Olympic Committee is expected to extend several "wild card" spots to North Korean athletes so they can compete at the Olympics without qualifying, but it's not known if that would apply to individual athletes or an entire team.

"The US and SKorea are in very close cooperation", President Moon also said to reporters.