Trump open to US-North Korea talks

Trump open to US-North Korea talks

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US President Donald Trump has thrown his weight behind the Olympics-inspired diplomatic opening with North Korea, telling South Korea's leader that the US was open to talks with Kim Jong-un's government under the right circumstances.

A White House statement said Trump and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in still underscored the importance of continuing the "maximum pressure" campaign against North Korea over its development of nuclear weapons.

But South Korea's presidential office also said Trump told Moon to let North Korea understand that there would be no military action of any kind while the two Koreas continue to hold dialogue, the Yonhap news agency reported.
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On Tuesday, the two Koreas held their first talks in two years and agreed on the North's participation in the Winter Olympics being held in the South next month.

The thaw between North and South, which have also restored a military hotline, provides a diplomatic opening after months of escalating tensions that have fuelled fears of war.

"President Trump expressed his openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances," the White House statement said.
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Trump also told Moon that Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence will lead the US delegation to the Winter Olympics, scheduled for February 9-25 in PyeongChang.
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