World Olympics breakthrough could lead to future North and South Korea talks

04:21  10 january  2018
04:21  10 january  2018 Source:   CBS News

Trump takes credit for recent talks between North and South Korea

  Trump takes credit for recent talks between North and South Korea President Donald Trump took credit Thursday for recently renewed communications between North Korea and South Korea. "With all of the failed 'experts' weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total 'might' against the North," Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

The talks " can really open up the channel between North and South ," an expert on North Korean affairs told CBS News. CBS Evening News. Olympics breakthrough could lead to future North and South Korea talks .

Read more: However Small, North Korea ’s Olympics Talks Are a Victory. Talks are now under way in the South Korean village of Panmunjom, straddling the demilitarized zone demarcating the border. South Korea ’s delegation is led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon

The head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon, center left, shakes hands with South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon as he leaves the North side after their meeting at the Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.: South Korea Koreas Tensions © AP South Korea Koreas Tensions

SEOUL, South Korea -- On Tuesday morning, five North Koreans walked across the border into the South and shook hands with their South Korean counterparts. It was a scene that was unthinkable just weeks ago.

The delegation from the North turned on the charm, calling the South Koreans their "brethren" and offering what they billed as their "first present of the year."

How North and South Korea reached Olympics agreement

The parties reached an agreement that means the North will send its athletes to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month. It will also send a cheering section and performing arts group. South Korea even wants to the two countries to march together in the opening ceremonies.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea kicked off their first formal talks in more than two years on Tuesday, with both sides expressing optimism ahead of discussions on how the North ’s athletes can attend the Winter Olympics in the South despite tensions.

North and South Korea Have a Breakthrough . What Next? The talks represent a welcome step back from the nuclear brink. The main subject was North Korea ’s participation in next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea (February 9–25), but the implications for a broader dialogue

The South also wants to push ahead with reunifying families separated during the Korean War.

Watch: How North and South Korea reached Olympics agreement

The talks went on for more nearly four hours, with both Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in able to listen in.

But the biggest issue of all -- the North's nuclear arsenal -- was not discussed. However, the two sides did decide to reopen a military hotline used to avoid accidental conflicts.

John Delury, an expert on North Korean affairs, said the North participating in the Olympics could open the door for further talks.

"In and of itself the Olympics is not going to solve anything," Delury told CBS News. "But if the Olympics is a starting point, then it can really open up the channel between North and South ... and that's the goal here, to make the Olympics the stepping stone to something else."

So far, the North is not showing any willingness to give up its nuclear weapons. But at the end of the talks, the North Korean representative said all of their nuclear weapons are pointed at the United States and not at South Korea.

Koreas agree to hold Olympics talks on Wednesday, Seoul says .
<p>North and South Korea agreed to hold working talks on Wednesday on the North sending athletes to next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul's unification ministry said, as months-long tensions over the North's weapons programs ease.</p>The North asked for the meeting to be held at Peace House on the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, the ministry said in a statement.

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