Trump says he doesn't expect war with North Korea

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The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks Tuesday, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea and reopen a military hotline.

The South Korean government led by the liberal President Moon Jae-in quickly responded positively and invited North Korea for talks at Panmunjom truce village at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two long warring nations.

The relationship between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has featured persistent threats and personal attacks over the course of the past year as North Korea has continued to engage in missile tests.

No sitting USA president is known to have spoken with a North Korean leader.

Although the US "should not provoke a crisis with North Korea, nor should it shut down its routine military activity for fear of offending North Korea", said Sue Mi Terry, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former senior Central Intelligence Agency analyst on Korean issues.

North Korea has yet to comment on the South's offer, which is in the spirit of the original deal and even goes beyond it. "I think you people are surprised", said the US President.

The comments came one day after the first formal inter-Korean talks in more than two years.

Kim and Trump have engaged in an increasingly sharp war of words as North Korea's weapons programmes advance, each of them belittling the other.

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The directive comes as Kim, who has been in power for six years, tightens his control over the repressive country as it feels the squeeze of new tough sanctions imposed by the United Nations as punishment for recent missile launches, and experiences heightened tensions with the United States.

Donald Trump has said he is open to diplomatic talks with North Korea "at the appropriate time and under the right circumstances", according to the White House.

According to the report, the current South Korean administration has not ruled out the use of Air Koryo to carry the delegation, because the sanctions target the financial activities of the airline and not air routes.

He said: "You have no idea how indoctrinated they are".

Last year, the USA conducted four reliability tests of the Minuteman III.

Kim has vowed never to give up his country's nuclear weapons, regarding them as his last line of defense against a USA invasion.

North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics, both held in Seoul, amid Cold War rivalry. "It could be a resulting work of the US -led sanctions and pressure".

The dominant Korean Workers' Party, judicial authorities, and administrative officials are organizing members for their joint non-socialist elements team, he said. "Hopefully it'll lead to success for the world".

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