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North Korea are ‘open to talks with the US’

Nicole Morley

North Korea are 'open to talks with the US'
Kim Yong Chol (C), who leads a North Korean high-level delegation to attend the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony (Picture: AFP)

North Korea are open to talks with United States, according to South Korea’s presidential office.

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Members of a high-level North Korean delegation visiting South Korea for the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics said North Korea was open to talks with the United States, the South’s presidential office said.

The Blue House, South Korea’s presidential office, reported the news during the games’ closing ceremony.

The United States and North Korea, which have no diplomatic relations and are technically in a state of war after an armistice in 1953, have been at odds for decades.

US President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is at the closing ceremony and sitting in the same box with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party Central Committee.

Ivanka Trump, left, U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and Kim Yong Chol, right, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and Kim Yong Chol, right, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea (Picture: AP)

They did not appear to interact when South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook hands with dignitaries at the beginning of the ceremony.

In a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in an undisclosed location in Pyeongchang, the North’s delegation also said developments in relations between the two Koreas and those between North Korea and the United States should go hand in hand, said the Blue House in a statement.

In recent months the war of words between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump has escalated as the North tests nuclear missiles and Washington pushes it to disarm.

United States President Donald J. Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia in the East Room of White House in Washington, DC on February 23, 2018. Credit: Martin H. Simon / CNP. 23 Feb 2018 Pictured: United States President Donald J. Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia in the East Room of White House in Washington, DC on February 23, 2018. Credit: Martin H. Simon / CNP. Photo credit: Martin H. Simon - CNP / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342
Trump could enter talks with Kim Joun-un (Picture: CNP/MEGA)

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