Will Washington and Pyongyang reach agreement?
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his address to the nation that conditions must be formed for normalization of relations with South Korea, TASS reported on Sunday citing KCNA news agency.
"The head of the nation clearly stated that our country needs to stick to the policy, which will lead to the breakthrough of the all-sufficient unification," the agency said. "It is not worth stirring up the past and recalling the specifics of relations with Seoul. Instead of this, relations between the North and South must be improved."
According to KCNA, it is high time to unite efforts of the Korean people to put an end to escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. "It is not only about the normalization of the inter-Korean relations, but about the reconciliation of the nation and its free-will unification," the agency added.
At the same time, US President Donald Trump said today that he would be willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-unon the phone, but not without conditions. "I always believe in talking," Trump briefly told reporters on Saturday, Al Jazeera reports.
"Absolutely, I would do that," he said when asked if he would be willing to talk to the North Korean leader.
Trump also said he hoped the upcoming talksbetween North and South Korea on Pyongyang's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics would ease tensions over the North Korea's missiles and nuclear programme. The high-level talks, to be held on January 9, will be the first such communications in more than two years.
Trump said he "very much" wants to see "it work out between the two countries," and took credit for the rapprochement. "Without my rhetoric and tough stance," he said, "they wouldn't be talking".