U.S. not budging on demands that North Korea halt nuclear weapons

The talk will be held this month as Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump gear up for war

The respective delegations are expected to discuss North Korean participation in the Winter Olympics - to be held in February in the South Korean county of PyeongChang - and other ways to improve bilateral ties.

The State Department had said Pyongyang "might be trying to drive a wedge" between Washington and Seoul.

News of the event comes amid growing concerns of a nuclear attack as the topic bounces back and forth between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

The South Korean government on Tuesday will announce its official view on the previous administration's 2015 deal with Japan meant to resolve the issue of wartime "comfort women", with several diplomatic sources saying Seoul will call on Tokyo to voluntarily take additional action.

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Regardless of its narrow, primarily sporting agenda, the meeting will be closely watched by world leaders eager for any sign of a reduction in tensions on the Korean peninsula amid rising fears over North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions. January 8, 2018 "We plan to discuss matters on the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics, as well as matters related to improving inter-Korean ties".

Trump, in a Twitter comment, retorted, "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!" It needs to receive an additional quota to compete, and its International Olympic Committee representative, Chang Ung, headed to Switzerland over the weekend for talks with IOC officials, according to Japanese media.

Trump said Saturday he hopes the newly arranged discussions between North and South Korea will go "beyond the Olympics" and promised the United States will take part "at the appropriate time".

With all of the failed "experts" weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total "might" against the North. Fools, but talks are a good thing! "If something can happen and something come out of those talks, that would be a great thing for all of humanity, that would be a great thing for the world", he said.

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Hayley stressed during the interview that USA tension with North Korea is a "serious situation, and [Kim] can't sit there and imply that he's going to destroy the United States without us reminding him of the facts and the reality that if you go there, it's not us that's going to be detroyed, it's you".

The United States and South Korea agreed last week to delay the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises until after the Games, apparently to help ease nerves. That conflict ended in a ceasefire and technically the two sides remain at war.

South Korean reports have suggested the North could send a high-level delegation to the Games including Kim's younger sister Yo Jong, who is a senior member of the ruling Workers' Party.

The North Korean delegation is headed by Ri Son Gwon, a hardliner who heads a government agency that handles relations with South Korea.

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