South Korean President Moon Jae-in presides over the national security council at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, November 29, 2017. He said the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics would be a good opportunity to showcase the status of the Korean nation.
Should the talks be held on January 9, it would be the first such dialogue since a vice-ministerial meeting in December 2015.
Presidential office spokesperson Park Soo-hyun was speaking after Pyongyang's state-run TV channel aired Kim's New Year address on Monday.
All of inter-Korean communication channels have been severed since the previous South Korean government under impeached President Park Geun-hye decided unilaterally to close down the Kaesong Industrial Complex in response to the DPRK's fourth nuclear test in January 2016.
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During the emotional press conference, one attendee spoke up to say: "I was the coach of that young man". Police Chief John Tedesco says he has "never seen savagery like this" in 42 years in law enforcement.
In this December 23, 2017, photo distributed on December 24, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addresses a ruling party conference in Pyongyang. "The United States will never start a war with me and our country", he said, adding that Pyongyang has "completed the creation of North Korea's nuclear forces".
Beyond his talk of a "nuclear button", Kim Jong-un's most diplomatically significant remark in the address concerned inter-Korean relations.
The president vowed to destroy North Korea if the country continued to threaten the USA, speaking during his maiden speech at the United Nations earlier this year.
South Korea on Tuesday (2 January) offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul's quick proposal after a rare rapprochement overture from Pyongyang a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula. "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".
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No one has a right to raise the hand against someone, at least not the Congress culture. The meeting is being held at the Rajiv Bhawan, the party's headquarters in Shimla .
"The entire mainland of the U.S.is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office".
An official from South Korea's Foreign Ministry said the 5,100-ton KOTI and its crew members were being held at Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port on the country's west coast amid an inspection over supposed "North Korea-related" activity. The U.S. "should accurately be aware that this is not a threat but a reality".
But Park did not refer to Kim's order to mass-produce nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles, as well as speeding up their deployment.
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During their call, the two diplomats also reportedly discussed possible paths forward regarding the conflict in Syria and the situation in Ukraine.