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Asked at a news conference on Saturday at Camp David (Trump's country retreat in Maryland) whether he would be interested in speaking to Kim, the President said that he always believed in dialogue, reports Efe news.

He said future talks involving the United States could allow North Korea to "chart a way for themselves to a more secure future, a more prosperous future", and added: "They do know how to reach us if and when they are ready to engage with us as well".

South Korean officials extended a hand to the North to discuss these issues and controversial leader Kim Jong-un accepted the offer, agreeing to send a delegation for talks on 9 January.

Concerns over North Korea have overshadowed the Winter Games, which Seoul and the organizers have proclaimed a "peace Olympics", urging Pyongyang to participate, unlike the 1988 Summer Olympics in the South, which it boycotted. "And at the appropriate time, we'll get involved".

"We will closely consult with the United States in the process of South-North Korea dialogue and we are confident that South-North Korea dialogue helps create an atmosphere for dialogue between the USA and North Korea on resolving the North Korean nuclear issue", Moon was quoted as saying.

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Trump said , according to several media outlets, including The Washington Post , which first reported the comment. In tweets posted Friday, the president said he used "tough" words but denied the widely reported comments.

(Stand-up) "Seoul's unification ministry stressed that the government's stance is to prepare for the talks in a way that North Korea's participation in the Games does not violate global sanctions, including Washington's unilateral measures".

Those talks are expected to focus on matters including the North's Olympic participation.

"We're not going to let them go and dramatize the fact that they have a button right on their desk and they can destroy America", she said.

Expressing skepticism that North Korea was honest in trying to improve relations, Pompeo added: "We'll just have to wait and see how the conversations go Tuesday".

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he would "absolutely" talk to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on the phone. "They'd be doing no talking, or something much more serious".

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No conversation has been publicly reported between any sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader in decades, if ever. The Trump administration has previously sent mixed signals on its preconditions before beginning a dialogue with the regime.

Situation became far tensed when North Korea tested an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) that the nation said was capable of striking U.S. mainland.

North Korea agreed to hold official talks with its southern neighbour on Friday, after South Korea postponed a military drill it was due to hold with the US.

Baik has reaffirmed South Korea's commitment to a denuclearized North Korea, while Seoul would engage Pyongyang as it keeps close communications with the USA and allies.

Ensuring that the Winter Olympics take place without interruption from North Korea is a primary concern for South Korea.

"The two sides chose to discuss working-level issues for the talks by exchanging documents", Baik Tae-hyun, ministry spokesman at the ministry, told a press briefing.

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