International Olympic Committee hails North Korea's participation in Olympics as a 'great step forward'

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Agreement was also reached to reinstate a military hotline suspended two years ago, the South's government said.

Any North Korean delegations to its neighbour are carefully chosen by Pyongyang, and their movements are tightly controlled in the South.

"All our weapons including atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs and ballistic missiles are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, nor China and Russian Federation", said Ri Son Gwon, Pyongyang's chief negotiator.

The North's website Uriminzokkiri said that dialogue and a "war rehearsal" can not go together, calling the exercises the source of catastrophe for the Korean Peninsula.

"If something can happen and something comes out of those talks, that would be a great thing for all of humanity, that would be a great thing for the world".

After a day of negotiations, the two sides issued a joint statement which confirmed they had agreed to hold military talks on defusing military tension. Let's put it this way, they have done more for me than they ever have for any American president.

Yonhap cited Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan as saying Trump dismissed a recent report that he may be considering military action against the North.

In his opening remarks, the head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son-gwon, was fairly neutral.

The supporters have always proven to be a major ticket draw, and their attendance is good news for the Pyeongchang Games organisers. On November 29, the North Korean leader said that his country had achieved full nuclear statehood after what he said was the successful test of a new missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States.

Cocooned by cameras, North Korea's negotiating team crossed the border Tuesday by foot, walking about 100 yards to a conference building for the first high-level talks with South Korea in two years.

Diplomats from other Western countries also welcomed contacts between Pyongyang and Seoul but did not support the idea of easing the sanctions against North Korea.

It is a sudden and dramatic change after months of tension but few in the South believe any of this demonstrates a fundamental shift in Pyongyang's position.

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un", Trump said in an interview about the first year of his presidency with The Wall Street Journal newspaper.

Trump had also assured Moon there would be no military activity during the period of inter-Korea dialogue.

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The cheer squad, with its several hundred members, will help magnify the size of North Korea's Olympic contingent to observers.

North Korea has earned only two medals in past Winter Games, which it has attended sporadically, starting in 1964.

Choi also offered the North Korean performance troupe the use of the recently opened Gangneung Art Center, which has a multi-purpose hall with a capacity of 1,000 seats, and other nearby performance facilities. While he referred to Jong-un as "rocket man", his rival had previously called him a "mentally deranged dotard".

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