South Korea will announce Tuesday its position on a deal with Japan over "comfort women" forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels, the Foreign Ministry said, an agreement meant to "finally and irreversibly" settle the issue when adopted two years ago.
(.) The breakthrough call between Seoul and Pyongyang came last week after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year's address and the reopening of a communication hotline at Panmunjeom.
The South Korean government on Tuesday will announce its official view on the previous administration's 2015 deal with Japan meant to resolve the issue of wartime "comfort women", with several diplomatic sources saying Seoul will call on Tokyo to voluntarily take additional action.
Nikki Haley made clear that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would first need to stop weapons testing for a "significant amount of time".
While it is possible that the two Koreas will agree on the North's participation in the Olympics, they are likely to differ sharply over other issues relating to how to improve ties.
But on Thursday, Trump called the new talks "a good thing" and said they had been prompted by his "firm, strong" stance, which has included harsher global sanctions and threats of military intervention if the North does not give up its weapons program.
Five senior officials from each side will meet at the three-storey Peace House on the South Korean side of the Panmunjom truce village, with talks to begin at 10 a.m. (0100 GMT).
"You have to have a certain attitude and you have to be prepared to do certain things and I'm totally prepared to do that", Trump said, contending his tough words have helped persuade the North to sit down with the South. He also said he would "absolutely" be willing to talk on the phone to Kim. It's not my understanding that they're going to talk about anything further. "It's a start, it's big start", he said.
Trump said he would like to see talks go beyond the Olympics and added: "At the appropriate time, we'll get involved". "What he has basically said is, yes, there could be a time where we talk to North Korea, but a lot of things have to happen before that actually takes place".
North Korea's participation in PyeongChang and a rapprochement between the two Koreas could contribute to easing the peninsular tensions that were raised throughout 2017 by Pyongyang's regular ballistic weapons tests and US President Donald Trump's belligerent rhetoric.
The Trump administration has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Olympics. That conflict ended in a ceasefire and technically the two sides remain at war.
Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon has said his delegation has been preparing to discuss resuming reunions of family members separated by the Korean War. North Korea's chief negotiator is Ri Son-gwon, chairman of North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland (CPRF), another veteran negotiator who has represented the North at a variety of military talks and both working-level and high-level talks with South Korea.
The South's delegation also includes Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, who has a range of experience in inter-Korean talks.
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