South Korea offers Jan. 9 Olympic talks with North Korea
January 2, 2018 -- South Korea has offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on February’s Winter Olympics in the South.
Seoul’s quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula.
In a closely watched New Year’s address, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics, though he also repeated fiery nuclear threats against the United States. Analysts say Kim may be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its ally Washington in a bid to reduce international isolation and sanctions against North Korea.