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Trump says he'd be open to talking with North Korean leader

Only a figure skating pair from North Korea has secured a spot in the Games in South Korea in February, although several other athletes could qualify through special places offered by the Olympic body.

South Korean President Moon Jae In has repeatedly said he wants the Pyeongchang Olympics to be a means for re-engagement and conflict resolution with the North. "This appears to be aimed at facilitating future meetings between the vice ministers", said Koo Kap-woo, professor at the University of North Korean Studies.

"On this we have been working with all the stakeholders for quite some time".

The two Koreas will meet in the border village of Panmunjom, located in the Demilitarized Zone that has divided the Korean Peninsula since a war ended in 1953 with an armistice but no peace treaty.

Monday marks just one month away from the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

In addition, plans for forming a joint cheering squad are also said to be under consideration, in an attempt to amplify "the symbolism (of PyeongChang games) as Olympics of peace".

Pyongyang had rejected past offers of humanitarian aid and requests to organize reunions for families separated by the longstanding division of the Korean Peninsula.

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The tentative rapprochement comes after the North s leader Kim Jong-Un warned in his New Year speech that he had a nuclear button on his desk, but also said Pyongyang could send a team to the Olympics.

It followed a series of missile launches by North Korea, which led to a threat to fire missiles towards the United States Pacific territory of Guam.

The drills' suspension is something that South Korea can not accept in consideration of its relations with the US, its main ally, which is seeking increased pressure and sanctions on the North.

Bach has been open to North Korea's participation, and has stated that he supports the idea of the two Koreas fielding a unified team in the upcoming games.

The Trump administration however remains skeptical that any Olympics-related cooperation will lead to a significant diplomatic breakthrough in which Kim Jong Un would agree to give up his country's nuclear weapons in return for economy aid and security guarantees. "But the American position is unchanged", Pompeo said.

Over the New Year, Trump and Kim exchanged provocative taunts, with the North Korean leader boasting he now has a "nuclear button" on his office desk, and the US president tweeting that his nuclear button is "much bigger and more powerful".

"President Trump has made very clear that the United States policy is denuclearisation of the peninsula and that we are going to achieve that", he said.

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