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Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump have a "very good relationship", the USA president suggested last night, in remarks that appeared to signal a new openness to diplomacy with North Korea.

Whether recent efforts by North and South Korea to improve relations could lead to a more productive atmosphere for negotiations between the US and North Korea will depend on "how flexible the Trump administration is willing to be" on the starting point for those talks, an expert on U.S-Asia relations told a crowd Thursday night at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

"I think we're going to have a long period of peace. I'm a very flexible person". North Korea's overtures are tactical, reckons Robert Kelly, of Pusan National University in South Korea. The IOC has proposed a meeting in Lausanne on January 20 with four participants, including representatives of the IOC, the South and North Korean Olympic committees, and the PyeongChang Olympics Organizing Committee. President Moon added that he would be willing to meet North Korean leader Mr Kim, but wouldn't have a "a meeting for the sake of the meeting". The joint statement issued after the talks states: "South and North Korea have decided to make joint efforts for the unity of the people and reconciliation by establishing an environment for peace and easing military tensions on the Korean peninsula".

The U.S. and other world powers want North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Stressing his commitment to military spending, Trump said: "We are going to have peace through strength".

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Security Council imposed a series of sanctions restricting oil imports and cutting off about 90 percent of its export revenue. After North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear device yet and launched missiles capable of reaching the U.S., the U.N.

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South Korea has proposed working-level talks with North Korea on the latter's participation in the Winter Olympics set for next month, South Korea's Unification Ministry said Friday.

"President Trump expressed his openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday. "The North Koreans care much more about the conventional military exercises on their border than ICBM tests". There are no foreign troops based in North Korea, but China continues to be an essential trading partner and political buffer in worldwide forums.

Putin reiterated that dialogue with North Korea was warranted, and said Kim now wanted to calm the situation. Diplomats report the beginnings of food shortages in North Korea, and China is sending some North Korean workers back home. But it will also highlight the failure of the USA -led coalition, so far, to stop North Korea from becoming a de-facto nuclear power. The belief of Soviet leaders that Reagan might just be insane enough to push the nuclear button constrained Soviet behavior and helped make possible a peaceful end to the Cold War.

South and North Korea paraded together at an global sporting event for the first time at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but have not done so since the 2007 Asian Winter Games in China.

Talks between North and South Korea ahead of next month's Winter Olympics have eased fears of war over Pyongyang's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States - at least for now. "If North Korea engages in provocations again or does not show sincerity in resolving this issue, the worldwide community will continue applying strong pressure and sanctions".

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