North Korea open to talks with United States, South Korea says

Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said that Kim Yong-chol, the chief of a high-level North Korean delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics' closing ceremony, made the remarks during a meeting with President Moon Jae-in on Sunday.

In Seoul on Friday night with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump said she would use her visit to push for joint efforts by the US and South Korea to apply maximum pressure on North Korea, Moon's spokesman said.

Just a few months ago, there were concerns about whether it would even be safe for athletes and spectators to travel to Pyeongchang - 40 miles from the world's most heavily militarised border, and not long after North Korea's most powerful nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests to date.

North Korea expressed a willingness to hold talks with the United States, boosting hopes that the recent thaw in tensions on the divided peninsula may extend beyond the Olympics.

"President Moon pointed out that U.S".

North Korea denounced the sanctions in a statement carried on its state media and said a blockade by the U.S. would be considered an act of war.

Officials from both Seoul and Washington say there will be no meeting between Kim Yong Chol and Ivanka Trump - who is travelling with Korea specialists from the USA administration and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

Ivanka Trump's appearance at the closing on behalf of the White House and the United States is a softer bookend to Vice President Mike Pence's awkward visit during the opening ceremony. Pyongyang denies any involvement. "My daughter, Ivanka, just arrived in South Korea".

The conflicting signals came as Kim Yong Chol-a North Korean general who isn't related to leader Kim Jong Un-met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for about an hour in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, where the Closing Ceremony.

Ivanka Trump, who is also senior adviser to the White House, was in South Korea leading a USA delegation to the closing ceremony.

Kim led an eight-member delegation to the Gyeongui Highway Transit Office in Paju, Gyeonggi, refusing to take any questions from the media as he and his cohorts made their way to Seoul by vehicle.

President Moon was keen to stress that improvements in relations between the U.S. and North Korea should run alongside a developing relationship between his country and his neighbors North Korea.

The eight-person team from North Korea includes officials responsible for its nuclear programme and, in a rare move, diplomats in charge of United States issues.

Kim Yong Chol represented North Korea as part of the delegation.

On Sunday, South Korea confirmed another interesting name on the list: Choi Kang Il, deputy director of North American affairs. He is leading the eight-member North Korean delegation to the Olympic closing ceremony later on Sunday.

Moon's statement said North Korea agreed "the inter-Korean relationship and North Korea-US relationship should develop together". The country finished seventh in the gold medal count, tying with Switzerland, France and Austria.

The opposition Korea Liberty Party accused the Moon administration of "abuse of power and an act of treason" by re-routing the motorcade to shield it from protesters.

Since the war, the leaders of the two Koreas have held formal talks only twice, in 2000 and 2007.

  • Leroy Wright