"The United States welcomes the January 9 meeting between the Republic of Korea and North Korea aimed at ensuring a safe, secure and successful Winter Olympics in PyeongChang", Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the State Department, said in a statement.
Speaking with Daily NK, Cho Han Bum, senior research fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) said, "North Korea appears to be projecting an image of being 'all in' for these Olympics".
In a meeting with Lee Hee-beom, head of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics organizing committee, the commander said the military won't spare support for the first Olympics to be staged in South Korea in three decades.
"Further consequences of such a cyber attack include sector-level impacts, such as in the medical sector, which may have to deal with casualties; disruption of workforces and operations of defence companies or vendors; as well as economic and reputational costs to countries and private companies".
Moon is a liberal who favors a diplomatic solution to the nuclear issue and whose election ended nine years of hard-line conservative rule.
Addressing around 200 journalists at his first media briefing of 2018, Moon clarified his position on the North just a day after the first formal inter-Korean talks in over two years.
The two sides are continuing talks on a range of practical details in regards to schedules and travel logistics, including a possible agreement to allow a team from the North to scout and inspect locations prior to the Games.
With North Korea set to join next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul appears to be struggling with how to accommodate a large-scale delegation of North Korean officials and athletes without violating multi-layered sanctions against Pyongyang. One year into the presidency, the nuclear officers say "the reality of this presidency is worse than we feared". "This would be more like trying to get rid of Allah", said I. -B. There are still calls to not go so far as to undermine the international sanctions regime that will be critical in applying pressure on the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs.
The White House reported a pretty standard conversation, while South Korea reported that Trump firmly denied reports that he's considering a "bloody nose" strike on North Korea.
"As former nuclear launch control officers, it was our job to fire nuclear missiles if the president so directed".
North Korea also restored a military hotline on the western coast of the peninsula immediately following the talks.
The Koreas' separation makes citizens of the North an object of some fascination for Southerners. The North Koreans do not really have that capability, and this is where the window still exists for them to cease.
They also warned that the government should not risk losing long-held global coordination that could be critical when things turn sour again after the sporting event. "You have to knock on the door to see if it will open".
A look at the past inter-Korean summits, both held in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.
North Korea has shown no willingness to discuss its nuclear weapons which pose an emerging threat to the American mainland, and it has stuck to its tough stance toward Washington while it tries to woo the South. The newspaper of the ruling party on Tuesday called Trump a "lunatic" and said the U.S. needs to accept North Korea is now a nuclear power.