North Korea steps up tunnelling at nuclear test site: Monitor

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
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14 January, 2018

The North Koreans also expressed their surprise over the popular opinion in South Korea that U.S. President Donald Trump would never start a war in Korea and that the tension, crisis-like atmosphere and belligerent rhetoric are all posturing, according to Vorontsov.

Trump and Kim have traded bellicose rhetoric and crude insults over the a year ago, as North Korea has accelerated weapons tests and appears on the cusp of having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the US mainland.

In follow-up questions Trump pushed back against the notion that his relationship with Pyongyang has soured, saying, "you'll see that a lot with me". Putin said only talks could resolve the standoff.

But Pyongyang - which boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul - agreed Tuesday to send athletes and officials to the Games as the North and South held their first formal talks in two years at Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone. The two nations have remained in a state of war and without diplomatic relations since the Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty.

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The accident occurred in Luxor, in southern Egypt, which is popular with tourists due to its number of ancient temples and ruins. In 2013, 19 tourists including three Brits were killed when their balloon caught fire flying over the city.

Trump said the stop-and-go nature to his strategy with North Korea is intentional and part of a broader goal.

But the rosy description of his relationship with the North Korean leader was another jarring reversal in tone from a president who has spoken admiringly of Mr. Kim in some moments and mocked him in others, referring to him as a fat "Little Rocket Man".

In another article on 38North, Alexander Vorontsov, the head of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russia Academy of Sciences, was quoted as saying that North Korean diplomats were extremely serious about the possibility of war between North Korea and the U.S.


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