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Kim Jong-un's Dialogue Offer and South Korea's Choice

Kim Jong-un's Dialogue Offer and South Korea's Choice

Rex Tillerson said in December he hopes sanctions get North Korea to negotiate.

"No matter how much America wants to attack us with their military might and nuclear power, they know that now we possess such great nuclear power", he said.

The remarks indicate an opening for dialogue after months of tensions that have seen President Donald Trump's administration warn of military action to prevent Kim from threatening the USA with nuclear weapons.

North Korea faces worldwide sanctions for its missile testing, and the United Nations is stepping up its efforts to monitor oil deliveries to the nation.

For their part, the South Koreans have been eager to obtain assurances from both Pyongyang and Washington that the games in Pyeongchang, a scant 50 miles from the demilitarized zone, won't be marred by heightened tensions or the outbreak of war. On Saturday, North Korea said it had no plans to alter the course of its nuclear weapons development in the coming year, but Kim's latest remarks suggest that he may in fact be more receptive to Moon's proposal than he looks.

Satellite imagery the US says shows a ship-to-ship transfer possibly of oil between two vessels in an effort to evade sanctions on North Korea
Kim Jong-un's Dialogue Offer and South Korea's Choice

"The entire mainland of the U.S.is within the range of our nuclear weapons, and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office", Kim said in a televised New Year's address.

The U.S. has already called on the United Nations Security Council to blacklist 10 ships for violating sanctions.

Kim's January 1 speeches have previously set the direction for tensions on the Korean peninsula.

After a rash of failed missile tests past year, North Korea has conducted more than 20 missile launches since Trump came to office. Trump has nicknamed Kim "Little Rocket Man" and referred to his weight, while the North Korean leader has called the US president a "dotard" and warned of the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

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