North Korea: Another Nuclear Test in Works, Per Satellite Imagery

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a New Year's Day speech in this

Kim Jong Un delivered a New Year's Day address talking about the Winter Olympics and his nuclear button

The vice president's presence is meant to help "reinforce the strong USA presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear signal to the North Korean regime", an aide familiar with the matter told IJR.

But there are divisions within the administration.

In October, Trump tweeted that he'd told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Tillerson was "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man". The South Korean vice-minister for tradition, sports activities and tourism is the one that had the idea.

Trump, however, declined to confirm whether or not he had spoken with Kim, Efe news reported.

Direct talks between the USA president and Kim would be unprecedented. Pyongyang said it would send a delegation.

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Relations between the two Koreas have warmed ahead of next month's Winter Olympics to be held in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.

The Russian leader said, during a meeting with heads of Russian print media and news agencies, that Kim was already a "shrewd and mature politician" and that the North Korean had "obviously won this round", referring to the latest political and diplomatic developments on the Korean Peninsula. The South and the United States are technically still at war with the North because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Ryom and Kim were 15th at the last world championships, and few expect them to improve much on that performance at the games.

North Korea has expressed its interests in attending the Winter Olympics, in February which marks an important moment of possible rapprochement between the two Koreas after a year of tensions triggered by Pyongyang's continuous weapons tests and the US President's aggressive remarks towards the regime. "I'm not saying I have or haven't", he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Thursday. They are not yet prepared to accept that a nuclear-armed North Korea is a reality that can not be reversed.

Later Tuesday, Chun said North Korea told the South Korean delegation that it restored a military hotline with the South, in the second reopening of a suspended inter-Korean communication channel in about a week.

Under Trump, the United States has repeatedly flexed its military capability and willingness to use force against North Korea as part of the maximum pressure doctrine.

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The U.S. has not had formal negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear program since 2012.

The officials said McMaster has argued that if China were assured that a strike would be limited to one target and not the beginning of a campaign to overthrow Kim, an all-out war could be avoided.

"Without our attitude, that would have never happened", he said.

"He said the offensive should be launched in the party cells, the bases educating the party members and other working people and training them into revolutionaries, and the lowest revolutionary posts defending Korean-style socialism", KCNA said in its English edition. Notably, while North Korea claims that it has acquired the capability to strike at the U.S. mainland most experts doubt that it has developed the technology to miniaturise the nuclear warhead, fit it on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and ensure its re-entry in the atmosphere after the launch. South Korea also stressed the need to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Chun said.

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