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Two Koreas agree to hold military dialogue

10 Enero 2018

When was the last time North Korea participated in the Olympics?

Rarely seen abroad, they have given little away about their lives, other than that they train in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

The two sides also decided to hold military talks to ease tensions and to restore a military hotline closed since February 2016. The triumph is that they're competing at all. President Trump echoed these hesitations in a tweet, "Sanctions and 'other' pressures are beginning to have a big impact on North Korea".

He said South Korea also suggested resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war and offering military talks designed to reduce animosities in frontline areas. A spokesperson for the White House's national Security Council said the addition of North Korea to the Olympics would be "an opportunity for the regime to see the value of ending its international isolation by denuclearizing".

"They're keeping vague so the two sides can work it out in the coming weeks", Andray Abrahamian, a visiting fellow at the CSIS Pacific Forum, told NK News.

The additional danger now, said a second official, was that Kim would seek to use the talks to take advantage of Trump's sometimes bellicose rhetoric to try to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul. But it is sticking to a decidedly harsh and familiar message for US President Donald Trump: back off and let Koreans solve their own problems.

During the meeting, the two Koreas will focus on Olympic cooperation and are also expected to discuss ways to improve long-stalled inter-Korean ties.

Choreographed cheer in Pyongyang in August 2005. Last year the International Olympic Committee granted it provisional recognition. North Korea said its delegation would include athletes, high-ranking officials, a cheering squad, art performers, reporters and spectators.

Before the talks had commenced, both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis had insisted that the diplomatic meeting would revolve only around the upcoming Olympics and did not express confidence that the South-North Korea talks would lead anywhere.

It was unclear when the proposed military talks - which would be the first of their kind since 2014 - would be held.

This represents the biggest thaw in relations for years, but Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions were off the negotiating table. Splitting the Koreas along the 38th parallel was the idea of US military planners to limit the influence of the then-Soviet Union and approved without a Korean presence at the 1945 Potsdam Conference.

A U.S. spy satellite that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and is assumed to be a total loss, two U.S. officials briefed on the mission says. Only two medals have ever been won by the country in a Winter Olympics: a bronze medal in short-track speed skating in 1992 and a silver medal in a 3,000 meter speed skating race in 1964. "This is exactly the kind of dialogue that we said was necessary", a Kremlin spokesman said.

The U.S. responded to the outcomes of the negotiations with some positive words, however, and remained focused on that objective.

Two Koreas agree to hold military dialogue