Seoul proposes January 15 talks on North Korea's attendance in PyeongChang

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has vowed to develop nuclear-armed ICBMS that can hit the USA mainland, began the new year boasting that he has a "nuclear button" on his desk.

North Korean residents are terrified that leader Kim Jong Un's recent call to eliminate remaining "non-socialist" elements in society will mean a return to the bloody executions and fearful politics of the past when nonconformists were weeded out and brutally neutralized, sources inside the country said. "I have relationships with people, I think you people are surprised", Trump said.

'You'll see that a lot with me.

"I like it very much what I'm seeing".

The administration had been due to hold a Cabinet-level meeting this week to sharpen its economic and military options for dealing with North Korea.

It is not known how many North Koreans will wind up participating.

According to South Korea's national news agency Yonhap, vice sports minister Roh Tae-kang said the prospect of a unified team was raised at an inter-Korean meeting on Tuesday, which saw North Korea agree to send athletes to the Games. Technically, South Korea and the USA remain at war with North Korea after the Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

In response, the USA leader wanted Kim to have no doubts that the US can, too, destroy North Korea with "fire and fury".

Putin's comments come after the two Koreas held talks on January 9 in an effort to ease tensions ahead of the Winter Olympics scheduled for February 9-25 in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.

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"U.S. ICBM tests would be an irritant and a propaganda opportunity for North Korea, but by themselves they should not derail talks or the prospects for reducing tensions", said Joseph Cirincione, president of the San Francisco-based Ploughshares Fund, which seeks to reduce nuclear weapon stockpiles.

Mr Trump discussed North Korea in a call on Thursday with French president Emmanuel Macron.

The biggest impact by the North Korean delegation at Pyeongchang might be by the cheerleading squad or performance art group it plans to send.

Putin reiterated that dialogue with North Korea was warranted, and said Kim now wanted to calm the situation.

Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, who ruled North Korea from 1994 to 2011, directed previous rounds of grisly purges of non-socialist elements to fortify his grip on power. It has, however, retained back-channel communications through the North's diplomatic mission at the United Nations in NY. A pre-emptive USA attack could provoke a devastating retaliation by North Korea against the South, whose capital Seoul lies with the range of North Korean artillery and rockets.

The U.S. and South Korea have stepped up an global pressure campaign against North Korea in recent months in an effort to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

North and South have been totally separated since the end of the Korean War in 1953, with no direct telephone or postal links between them.

However because North Korea officials missed a registration deadline, Ryom and Kim's fate was now left in the hands of the IOC.

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