The top nuclear envoys of South Korea and Japan held talks in Seoul on Monday.
"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times, '" Trump said in a tweet.
"We will be as flexible as we can be", an International Olympic Committee spokesman told AFP over North Korea sending a team to the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. Sanctions imposed by the U.N. and individual nations were toughened after North Korea's sixth and biggest nuclear test and three intercontinental ballistic missile launches a year ago. Kim accepted Moon's proposal.
Assessing next week's discussions, Trump said "if something can happen and something can come out of those talks, that would be a great thing for all of humanity". He earlier responded to Kim's New Year's Day address by warning that he has a much bigger and more powerful "nuclear button".
Trump's comments came as the first formal talks between North and South in more than two years are set to take place in a border town Tuesday; the rivals are trying to find ways to cooperate on the Winter Olympics that begin next month in the South. Tensions are high because of the North's nuclear and missile programs. The agenda is expected to focus on North Korea's participation in the PyeongChang games that will run from February 9 to February 25. South Korea may suggest that North and South Korean athletes parade together during the opening and closing ceremonies and field a joint women's ice hockey team.
If realized, it will be the first time the two Koreas make a joint opening ceremony entrance at an global sporting event since 2007.
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Moon's government wants to resume temporary reunions of families separated by war and work out measures to reduce threats in frontline areas.
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The drills' suspension is something that South Korea can not accept in consideration of its relations with the USA, its main ally, which is seeking increased pressure and sanctions on the North.
"For us, it's a practical matter", Mattis said to reporters, explaining that the Olympics are South Korea's largest draw of global tourism. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted the move was a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics and was not a political gesture.
Trump said he would like to see talks go beyond the Olympics and added: "At the appropriate time, we'll get involved".
She said the United States is "not letting up on the pressure" to end North Korea's nuclear weapons development and warned, "We can destroy them, too". The government hopes improved inter-Korean relations will pave the way toward resolving the North's nuclear issue and for broader talks between Pyongyang and Washington.
Talks between the two Koreas hosted by IOC President Thomas Bach will take place at the Olympic movement's headquarters in Lausanne on Tuesday.