S. Korea proposes talks with North over Winter Olympics

Jan 02, 2018, 6:26 AM EST
S. Korea's President Moon Jae-in called it "groundbreaking chance."
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s conciliatory tone for Seoul on Monday seems to have broken the ice between the two nations as the South offered to hold high-level talks with Pyongyang to discuss participation of its athletes in upcoming Winter Olympics.

S. Korea’s President Moon Jae-in described the proposed talks on January 9, as a “groundbreaking chance” to mend ties between the two nations, technically still at war, notes the BBC.

Evans Revere, a former senior U.S. diplomat, views this proposed engagement as N. Korea’s tactic to extract concessions in exchange for participation in the Games, while other analysts believe the development is attempted at “driving a wedge” between Seoul and Washington, writes The Guardian