North and South Korea agree to hold border talks

Seoul, January 05: In a breakthrough for the two nations, North Korea and South Korea will be holding high-level official talks on Tuesday, January 09. The announcement came hours after the United States postponed its military exercise with South Korea scheduled during the Winter Olympics.

According to the South Korean Ministry of Unification, North Korea sent a message on the morning of January 05 expressing its consent to meet at a border truce village of Panmunjom, reports Associated Press. These talks will be focusing on cooperation at the Olympics, as well as on improving overall ties between the two Koreas. The delegates of the two nations are yet to be confirmed.

North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, had opened the way for talks during his New Year speech, expressing his willingness to ease military tensions between the divided peninsula, reports The New York Times. However, he remained steadfast on the issue of nuclear weapons, saying he has a “nuclear button” on his desk to fire atomic weapons at the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in announced the postponement of the annual military exercise, Foal Eagle, on Thursday. This exercise often involves more than 30,000 American and 200,000 South Korean troops, as well as air, ground and naval operations, reports Washington Post.

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be held in Pyeongchang from 09 to 25 February 2018.

Sources – Associated Press ,Reuters

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