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S. Korea Offers to Talk with North on Olympics Cooperation

South and North Korea have expressed interest in talks about the North's participation in the Olympics. South and North Korea have expressed interest in talks about the North's participation in the Olympics. |  Photo: ABC

January 02, 2018 10:28 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea has offered high-level talks with rival North Korea meant to find ways to cooperate on the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South next month.

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Tuesday's offer came a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in his New Year's address that he's willing to send a delegation to the Olympics, though he also repeated nuclear threats against the United States.

Analysts say Kim may be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its ally Washington as a way to ease international isolation and sanctions against North Korea.

South Korean Unification Minster Cho Myoung-gyon says the South proposes the two Koreas meet Jan. 9 at the border village of Panmunjom to discuss Olympic cooperation and how to improve overall ties.


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