U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert welcomed Tuesday’s Korean talks, which she said were “aimed at ensuring a safe, secure and successful” Olympics. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders also said the North’s decision to attend the Games presents it with an opportunity to see the value of ending its isolation from the rest of the world.
President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was open to talking with Kim himself while expressing hope for progress from the Korean talks. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley later said Washington isn’t changing its conditions on talks with North Korea, saying Kim first needs to stop weapons testing for a “significant amount of time.”
Trump recently also contended his tough words helped persuade the North to sit down with the South. During Wednesday’s conference, Moon said he feels thankful to Trump for making the talks happen.
South Korea’s president said Wednesday he’s open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if certain conditions are met, as he vowed to push for more talks and cooperation with the North to try to resolve the nuclear standoff.
President Moon Jae-in has previously floated the idea of a summit with Kim under conditions. But his latest comments came a day after the North agreed to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea and hold military talks on reducing animosities along their tense border — the measures that Moon’s government has been demanding.