South Korea holds Panama oil tanker suspected of North Korea trade

South Korea holds Panama oil tanker suspected of North Korea trade

The remarks came one day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country was willing to send a delegation to the Winter Olympic Games to be held here on February 9-25.

"The change from the (Kim's) previous dark Maoist suits to a softer toned grey Western-style suit likely aimed to underpin peace which Kim stressed in his address, and reflected a relaxed state of mind that probably came with the completion of the North's nuclear power", the Institute said. "They should accurately be aware that this is not a threat but a reality", he said in his New Year's address to his country Monday, according to a CNN translation of his speech.

President Moon Jae-in called for swift measures to realize North Korea's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games here on Tuesday, one day after the reclusive North Korean leader hinted at a resumption of inter-Korean dialogue to the end.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes a speech at 5th Conference of Cell Chairpersons of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) on December 23 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 24, 2017. "I hope that North Korea will also participate, which will provide a very good opportunity for inter-Korean peace and reconciliation", Moon said in November 2017, during North Korea's two-month-long pause in ballistic missile testing. However, Kim appeared to extend an olive branch toward South Korea, wishing it success in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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In recent months, North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date and flight-tested intercontinental ballistic missiles three times, raising concerns that it's closer than ever to gaining a military arsenal that can viably target the mainland United States. "And you mentioned both Russian Federation and China and my expectation is that will continue to be the case for them, as well as Iran and North Korea".

The minister said communication channels between the two Koreas in Panmunjom should be restored immediately to hold the inter-Korean, inter-governmental talks, suggesting to discuss details on the January 9 dialogue, such as setting agenda and forming delegations through the restored communication channels.

Kim also said North Korea could meet with South Korea "as soon as possible" to discuss the possibility of sending a delegation to the games, CNN reported.

But Mullen also said that Trump has disrupted long-held views of the USA role in the world, and that America's enemies benefit from that uncertainty.

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