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Two Koreas Consider Unified Women's Ice Hockey Team at PyeongChang

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Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 06:11

The White House released a statement on Wednesday detailing Trump's phone call with Moon, noting that Trump "expressed his openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances".

"We have not determined the scope of North Korean participation and their requirements for traveling (to South Korea)", the official told reporters under the customary condition of anonymity.

The Kremlin strongman congratulated the North Korean dictator, saying he had won the latest stand-off with the US and South Korea.

In rare talks between the rival Koreas held at the shared border village of Panmunjom, the North has agreed to send athletes and a cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month. Trump's method is applying pressure, whether on Iran, the Palestinian Authority or North Korea.

Kim has called Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard" and has threatened to tame him with fire.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korea's Kim Jong-un is a "mature and competent politician" who is now steering the nation in acquiring a long-range missile capable of reaching any region in the world. I could give you 20 examples.

U.S. President Donald Trump suggested in an interview Thursday that he has developed a positive relationship with the North Korean leader, but declined to say whether they have spoken.

"And you see in North Korea what's happening with North Korea all of a sudden". "He is an absolutely competent and already mature politician", Putin said, adding that the hard task of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula should be solved only through a dialogue, through negotiations.

Trump and Moon agreed the fresh inter-Korean dialogue is not limited to the Games but could eventually lead to dialogue between the United States and North Korea on ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, Moon's office said.

North Korea has become Trump's most urgent foreign crisis, as he struggles to contain the regime's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Being held in Pyeongchang, there have been concerns about the safety of hosting the games in such close proximity to North Korea.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States could "conceivably" return to the Paris climate accord, although he stopped short of signaling any move in that direction.