International Olympic Committee hopes to end 'tense standoff ' over North Korea's Olympics participation

Trump expresses 'openness to holding talks' with North Korea

After South-North talks, Seoul tries to chart slow-but-steady course

"I never met Putin", Trump said in 2016.

The US president in an interview made this remark, though he declined to comment on whether he had a talk with the North Korean leader in recent times or not.

"The concern that I have", says Gaffney, "is that people will be using the opportunity of access to the South Koreans to further subvert our alliance relationship with that government".

He added in a subsequent tweet, "Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!"

The paper reported that Trump did not give any inkling if the two bitter rivals have had established any contacts as of yet.

The "bloody nose" strategy calls for the USA to carry out a limited strike on North Korea to punish it for its illegal missile program, but it would put millions of South Korean lives at risk.

Trump has mocked Kim's weight and called him "little rocket man" in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

Upon being asked if he has spoken with the North Korean despot, the POTUS said, "I'm not saying I have or haven't".

Just last week, the president bragged about the size of his "nuclear button" and how it's "much bigger & more powerful" than North Korea's.

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At Tuesday's talks, North Korea said it would attend the Winter Olympics in the South next month, and both sides agreed to resolve problems through dialogue and revive military consultations to avoid accidental conflict.

Trump also told Moon that Vice President Mike Pence would lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games, the White House said.

In an interview with PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff, Biden was asked if he agrees with Admiral Mike Mullen's sentiment that the USA has never been closer to a nuclear exchange with the rogue state.

President Donald Trump told Moon Jae-in, the leader of SKorea, that the United States is open to talks with NKorea "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances", the White House said Wednesday.

He said in a news conference later that the United States had problems with Pyongyang, but a lot of good talks were going on. "They have chose to hold talks between their respective military authorities to solve this problem", according to KCNA.

Pence will hold meetings with leaders in Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan where he will stress the USA commitment to stability in the region.

Putin added that the ultimate goal of denuclearlization could to be reached "if all the participants of the talks, including North Koreans, will be assured that their safety is possible without nuclear weapons". The two Koreas are likely to hold working-level talks next week to further discuss the issue before a January 20 meeting to be chaired by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Speaking in Washington on Wednesday, Trump told a Cabinet meeting that his administration's pressure campaign has propelled North Korea to seek talks with South Korea.

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