A North Korean Taekwondo demonstration team visiting South Korea could present a way forward to reduce tensions by using sports to reestablish a channel of dialogue and cooperation.
Speaking at a ceremony in Seoul, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak Yon said: "The North continues provocative military actions such as launching a ballistic missile".
The Trump administration, one senior official said, wants to avoid being interposed between the South and the North, which happened during previous periods when Washington and Seoul clashed over how to deal with the North Korean government.
Tensions have been running high between Pyongyang and Washington, as North Korea has been conducting numerous missile tests while the USA deploys more strategic assets to the region. "It took us five months", Chang, who is leading the North Korea delegation at the taekwondo event, said. For extra security and to further pressure supreme leader Kim Jong-un, we could also propose basing some systems in Japan and on USA vessels to move along regional coastlines near North Korea.
Korean President Jae In Moon says the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships could represent the start of future unification in the Korean Peninsula.
10am An editorial in Pyongyang's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun said: "We should make every effort to strengthen our national defense with the nuclear capability as the backbone..."
Regarding the death of USA college student and former North Korean prisoner Otto Warmbier last week, Jackson said unless Seoul and Washington decide to politicize the tragic event, it would have limited impact on security dynamics on the peninsula. "The result is the reality you see today - North Korea continuing to advance its nuclear and missile program".
Moon has vowed to reform the country's prosecutors' office by making it more independent from politics.
Second, North Korea under Kim Jong-un is different from the North Korea that his father Kim Jong-il led a decade ago. If he does act against North Korea soon, Trump would have broken another hex that past Democrat and Republican administrations have been unable to beat.
The two sides remain technically at war as the fighting at the end of the Korean War in 1953 did not end with a peace treaty. But the risk has now become unacceptable given North Korea's expanded stock of missiles, some of which may already be nuclear capable.
The head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency told Congress last month that North Korea could be on an "inevitable" course to having a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the country.
"At the same time, it is also important to send out a message to North Korea that if it decides to denuclearize and to come to the negotiating table, then we are willing to assist them".