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A US Air Force B-1B bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek Thomson Reuters
Lee writes that "having gained confidence in its ability to defend itself from USA aggression, North Korea appears ready to move onto other important matters, like building its economy and improving relations with the South. ..." He has done far more for us than they ever have for any American president.
"This is not a matter between North and South Korea, and to bring up this issue would cause negative consequences and risks turning all of today's good achievement into nothing", Ri, chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, warned in closing remarks.
After high level delegations met for 11 hours, North and South Korea agreed to restore the emergency communication hotline between the two counties, and hold military talks to resolve disputes and avert accidental conflict, as tensions remain high over North Korea's efforts to develop nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States.
Trump said on Saturday he would be willing to speak to Kim, though not without pre-conditions.
He said discussions will focus on how to thwart North Korean efforts to evade United Nations sanctions through smuggling.
Moon expressed his willingness to hold expanded talks, saying, "I am open to an inter-Korea summit, or any kind of meeting whatsoever should it contribute to strengthening the North and South relationship and resolving the nuclear dilemma".
Bach and Chang's talks broached the question of whether the North Korean athletes would be housed in the Olympic village.
Kim Jong Il greeted Kim Dae-jung with big smiles and clasped both his hands tightly in an emotional moment that softened the North Korean strongman's image to South Koreans and the world. The US is also sending a cheerleading contingent.
"He [Kim] knows I'm not messing around".
As Trump appears to soften his line toward North Korea, the White House is arguing that the talks between the North and South are a direct result of the President's saber rattling.
The North has long denounced the drills as a rehearsal for northern invasion and used them as an excuse for provocations.
"I warmly welcome the joint proposals by the governments of the ROK and DPRK, which have been applauded by so many other governments worldwide", Bach said after the four-way meeting was announced. The North's plan to send a taekwondo demonstration team is being seen by some as an attempt to make up for their potential shortage of qualifying winter sports athletes.
The rare high-level talks come amid the increasing tension between the two countries as South Korea seized a Hong Kong-flagged oil tanker returning after allegedly transferring oil to North Korea a few days ago.
Yet most observers still believe that even the toughest sanctions will not force Kim to give up his nuclear arsenal.
Trump has previously scoffed at the futility of talking with the North, but when the inter-Korean dialogue was proposed last week, he claimed credit for it and declared in a tweet, "talks are a good thing".
Participation in the Olympics would help ease the North's isolation.
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