Putin declares North Korea victor in standoff with South Korea, US

Head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon reaches out to shake hands with a South Korean official as he crosses a concrete border to attend their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom

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But North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has shown no sign of willingness to give in to USA demands and negotiate away a weapons program he sees as vital to his survival, so any reduction in tensions could prove shortlived. "I have relationships with people, I think you people are surprised", Trump said. The mutual stand-down for the Olympics looks very much like the "freeze for freeze" approach that Russian Federation and China were recommending past year, although US officials resist the characterization.

Experts fear that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would stop cooperation after the games are over.

It comes during a state of heightened nuclear tension following heated rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea as well as greater Russian military activity and a build-up of NATO forces in Eastern Europe.

Trump addressed the fiery and furious tone of his tweets that were aimed at North Korea during the first year of his administration, and said that it was how he created friendlier ties with people.

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"These two things are being talked about", the source said when asked about a possible joint parade and ice hockey team.

North Korean chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland Ri Son Gwon (left) shakes hands with South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon after their meeting on Tuesday at the Peace House at Panmunjom.

North Korean officials met their southern counterparts on Tuesday for the first such talks in two years. The delegations agreed to ensure "the safety and success" of the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics in the South. Such a strike could be triggered by evidence that North Korea was fueling an ICBM, the official said.

But in that same speech, he called for an immediate dialogue with South Korea and said that he was willing to send athletes to the Winter Games. Cheerleaders, artists, spectators, a taekwondo demonstration team and North Korean news media are also expected to attend the Games and eyes are on how *big of a delegation it will be compared to previous Olympics North Korea has participated in.

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Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Trump said: "We have certainly problems with North Korea".

The United States and South Korea have defended the drills, but the two countries agreed on January 4 the drills will be postponed and security be the focus during the Olympics in February. "The US's firm commitment to achieving the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula has been very helpful in facilitating progress in the high-level inter-Korean talks", Kang said.

They marched together at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, and at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics, but more recent attempts at joining forces have proved unsuccessful.

North Korea has agreed to take part in the games in South Korea, and the two countries have agreed to hold more discussions on easing tensions along their border, and to reopen a military hotline.

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An unsourced article in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday said USA officials were quietly debating whether it was possible to mount a limited military strike against North Korean sites without igniting an all-out war on the Korean peninsula.

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