Kim Jong-un: North Korea's nuclear arsenal is now complete

South Korea, US working closely for joint response to North Korea: US State Dept. official

The South Korean presidential office has welcomed the North's leader Kim Jong Un's offer to hold talks on sending a delegation to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers a New Year's address in Pyongyang on Monday, in this grab from [North] Korean Central Television.

He added that the North did not show any reaction to a call by a South Korean liaison official at the truce village of Panmunjom earlier in the day.

Cho told a media conference he expects the two Koreas to focus on bringing a North Korean delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which begin next month, should the talks be held on January 9.

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South Korea has offered high-level talks with rival North Korea meant to find ways to cooperate on the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South next month. "Both the North and the South should make efforts". He also did not touch on Kim's demand that Seoul cancel its annual joint military exercises with the United States.

UNSC Resolution 2375, adopted in September, bans member countries from ship-to-ship transfers of any goods for North Korea.

Kim Gun-hee, a consultant on image making and leadership, said the grey suit may have been created to deflect some of the negative global attention Kim's nuclear and missile tests have prompted.

Pyongyang and Seoul should improve their relations and the path to dialogue is open, Mr Kim was reported as saying.

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However, he indicated that improvements in inter-Korean ties must go hand in hand with steps towards denuclearisation of the North.

Moon took office last May pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue.

The sanctions on North Korea were imposed past year after it carried out a series of tests of ballistics missiles that could be armed with a nuclear warhead and underground nuclear weapons tests. After the Olympics, inter-Korean ties could become frosty again because the North has made it clear it has no intention of accepting global calls for nuclear disarmament and instead wants to bolster its weapons arsenal in the face of what it considers increasing US threats. Trump has nicknamed Kim "Little Rocket Man" and referred to his weight, while the North Korean leader has called the USA president a "dotard" and warned of the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

The North will only use nuclear weapons if its security is threatened, he added.

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In his speech Monday, Kim said the Olympics could provide a reason for officials from the neighbours "to meet in the near future". He said the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics would be a good opportunity to showcase the status of the Korean nation.

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