Kim Jong-Un names delegates for inter-Korean talks

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Trump was keeping Kim Jong Un “on his toes.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Trump was keeping Kim Jong Un “on his toes.”

Mount told The Japan Times that the language of the Trump White House had "exacerbated fears of 'decoupling, ' " or separating, South Korea and Japan from the American alliance architecture. We're very firm. But I would be, absolutely I would do that.

"I think that he always has to keep Kim on his toes", Haley said.

But Kim remained steadfast on the issue of nuclear weapons, saying the North would mass produce nuclear missiles for operational deployment. North Korea has reportedly built over 5,000 tunnels.

The allies have pursued a campaign of sanctions and pressure to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

The latest war of words between the two leaders began when Mr. Kim, in a New Year's speech, signalled his willingness to engage in talks with South Korea and claimed the entire USA mainland was within range of North Korean missiles, reports CNN.

In addition to the Olympics, South Korea plans to talk about opening a dialogue with the North Korean military and reuniting separated families, Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae Hyun told reporters in Seoul on Monday.

Trump said on Saturday that he is “absolutely” willing to talk to Kim Jong Un

North Korea has long pushed for the US and South Korea to cancel joint military exercises altogether, and Kim has called on the allies to refrain from bringing "aggressive forces" into the region. "And that the president has said is unacceptable".

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated in 2017 as North Korea continues to conduct nuclear and ballistic missile tests in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

However, after Pyongyang conducted hydrogen bomb test and launched several missiles with one of them capable of reaching United States island of Guam, the intelligence community has come to a conclusion that it has underestimated North Korea's capabilities and chances to obtain foreign technologies, including the one based on an old Soviet engine, which enabled the country to rapidly advance its nuclear program.

Trump, who previous year lambasted his chief diplomat for talking about negotiations with the nuclear-armed North, told reporters at Camp David that some dialogue or direct conversation with Kim Jong Un was not beyond the realm of possibility.

"I always believe in talking", Trump said while adding that Kim "knows I'm not messing around, not even a little bit".

Asked about the apparent shift, Haley denied any change in thinking by Trump. "I very much want to see it work out between the two countries", Trump said, referring to North Korea accepting South Korea's proposal for official talks in what will be the first high-level contact between the two countries in more than two years. "Those things have to happen". Whether it's because of Donald Trump, despite him or nothing to do with him, plenty of countries are eager at this point to see a path forward that doesn't include any nukes going off.

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