Koreas to meet for talks, but North won't budge on nukes

The hotline linking North and South Korea

The hotline linking North and South Korea

In response, the North sent a message that it will also dispatch five representatives led by Ri, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), a state agency in charge of inter-Korean affairs, according to South Korea's unification ministry.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the US will continue to put "maximum pressure" on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, WABC reported.

But Kim remained steadfast on the issue of nuclear weapons, saying the North would mass-produce nuclear missiles for operational deployment and warned he would launch a nuclear strike if his country was threatened.

US President Donald Trump has said that he was willing to speak to North Korean' Kim Jong-un. North Korea's nuclear ambitions and awful human rights abuses have always been points of contention.

The two Koreas have been separated by the world's most heavily militarised border since the Korean War ended in a stalemate in 1953. He has lead the North's delegations for various cross-border military talks since 2006, when he started representing Pyongyang at working-level dialogue sessions with the South.

US officials are right to be concerned that Moon could agree to too many concessions with the North, but détente should be given a chance. She said that South Korea also has the same goal.

North Korea says its weapons are necessary to counter U.S. aggression, and it regularly threatens to destroy the United States and its two key Asia allies, Japan and South Korea.

Perhaps the best argument for allowing South Korea some room for diplomatic manoeuvre is the fact that its population is the most at risk from North Korea.

China's Commerce Ministry said it would limit exports of crude oil, refined oil products, steel and other metals to North Korea, in line with tough new sanctions imposed by the United Nations.

Earlier this week, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Washington had heard reports that Pyongyang might be preparing to fire another missile. After initially responding cautiously to the news - suggesting that North-South talks might be "good news" - Trump yesterday evening was back in a belligerent mood.

Trump had tweeted about North and South Korea just hours before firing off the tweet about nuclear buttons.

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