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Trump hopes 'something good' comes from Olympics despite N Korean warning

04 February 2018

"You put the spotlight on North Korea's human rights issues in front of the entire South Korean National Assembly, and refreshed the attention on these kind of issues", she said, adding that she could not thank the president enough.

The news comes after President Donald Trump criticized Kim in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

During yesterday's call, Trump wished Moon and the Korean people a successful Winter Olympic Games.

At a subsequent meeting in the Oval Office with North Korean defectors, Trump characterized as "tricky" the effort to pressure North Korea to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. That is, Korean athletes will march together under one flag and they will compete in a joint women's ice hockey team, and their skiers will train together.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho departs after addressing the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., September 23, 2017.

The skaters are among a total of 22 North Korean athletes who will be attending the Winter Games.

South Koreans hold high expectations on easing the relations between the two sides through the Olympic Games.

"North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland", Trump said.

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"Both leaders agreed on the need to intensify the worldwide maximum pressure campaign to denuclearise North Korea", the White House statement said. There has been a rumour mill doing rounds within the Trump administration that the U.S. armed forces are planning the execution of a preventive or limited strike against Kim Jong Un's regime.

North Korea have been motivated to come to the negotiating table by fear of an aggressive US Trump policy.

"I think it is surely the very wise and the right course of action that the president of the United States is taking", Ji said.

The expert said: "There's nothing to lose from the North Korean perspective".

"What he has not demonstrated yet are the fusing and targeting technologies and survivable re-entry vehicle", Selva said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"We have 30,000 troops along the DMZ plus other Americans there as well", he said, in reference to the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea.

The United States has moved to assuage any concerns from Seoul over the Trump administration's withdrawal of Victor Cha's nomination as USA ambassador to South Korea.

Trump hopes 'something good' comes from Olympics despite N Korean warning