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North Korea's Kim Signals Olympics Truce, Seeks Talks With Seoul

North Korea's Kim Signals Olympics Truce, Seeks Talks With Seoul

President Moon Jae-in called for swift measures to realize North Korea's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games here on Tuesday, one day after the reclusive North Korean leader hinted at a resumption of inter-Korean dialogue to the end.

Chun Yung-woo, a former South Korean national security adviser, said Seoul should have taken more time before answering.

In this December 23, 2017, photo distributed on December 24, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addresses a ruling party conference in Pyongyang.

"The government will have to strive more to come up with a countermeasure not to get caught in a trap set by Kim Jong Un".

But in a rare move the dictator tempered his bellicose rhetoric with the suggestion he may send a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics when they are held in South Korea.

South Korea has seized and inspected a Panama-flagged ship suspected of selling oil to North Korea at sea in violation of United Nations sanctions, maritime authorities said, according to Yonhap News Agency reported.

Moon's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Pyongyang claims it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself from a hostile U.S. and sees American military activities in the region - such as the joint drills it takes part in with the South - as a precursor to invasion.

"It's reality, not a threat, that the nuclear button is always on my desk", Kim said.

The minister said communication channels between the two Koreas in Panmunjom should be restored immediately to hold the inter-Korean, inter-governmental talks, suggesting to discuss details on the January 9 dialogue, such as setting agenda and forming delegations through the restored communication channels. "The United States will never start a war with me and our country", he said, adding that Pyongyang has "completed the creation of North Korea's nuclear forces".

He said the Olympics would be "a good chance" to show the greatness of the Korean people, CNN reported.

Kim also said he was open to dialogue with Seoul, prompting South Korea on Tuesday to propose high-level talks between the two countries on January 9 at the border truce village of Panmunjeom.

Whether or not Kim Jong-un has a physical button to authorize launch or not, it remains the case that North Korea's nuclear weapons continue to see highly centralized and assertive command and control.

Possible inter-Korean talks could provide a temporary thaw in strained inter-Korean ties, but could also weaken USA -led worldwide pressure on the North.

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