North Korea accepts South Korea's peace talk proposal

South Korean people walk next to advertisement of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at a station in Seoul on Friday

South Korean people walk next to advertisement of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at a station in Seoul on Friday

On Friday morning, North Korea sent a message saying it would accept South Korea's offer to meet at the border village of Panmunjom.

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North Korea should be "careful" about threatening Donald Trump's United States, former Senator Joe Lieberman has warned.

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"The two sides chose to discuss working-level issues by exchanging documents", South Korean unification ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency at a press briefing. "He understands that. At the same time, if we can come up with a very peaceful and very good solution, we're working on it. with a lot of people". The head of U.S. forces in South Korea warned on Thursday against raising hopes over North Korea's peace overture.

The North sees the drills as preparations for invasion and justification for its weapons programs that it conducts in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The U.S. described the move to put off its annual drill with South Korea as an effort to "de-conflict" the military exercise and the Winter Games, allowing Moon to "focus on ensuring the security" of the Olympics, due to start February 9. Since North Korea has demanded the repatriation of the 12 North Korean women who were part of a group defection from the city of Ningbo in China's Zhejiang Province in April. 2016 as the prerequisite for reunions for the divided families, it's unclear whether Red Cross talks can be held.

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Despite Trump's latest praise for the North-South talks, his administration has sent conflicting signals on whether it would be open to meetings with representatives of Kim's regime, or between North Korea and South Korea. Olympic Solidarity is a fund established by the IOC with proceeds from broadcasting rights, donations, and Olympic ticket sales to provide athlete and coach development funds to national Olympic committees in need of assistance. The question is whether this can go beyond ensuring the success of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and serve as a catalyst for bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula.

The announcement came hours after the United States said it had agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics.

Commercial satellite imagery from December 25 showed a rail-mounted environment shelter had been moved away from a test stand, indicating that an engine test may be in the near future, the website said, rather than a new rocket launch suspected in recent media reports. Rash arguments that South Korea should offer something bold in the talks with North Korea will only obstruct efforts to resolve its nuclear programme.

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He said: "It's just possible that you've got a good cop, bad cop situation here, where we're the bad cop and the South Koreans are the good cop".

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