South Korean President Moon Jae-in answers reporters' question during his New Year news conference at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)
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South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Wednesday he would be willing to sit down with the North's leader Kim Jong-Un, as the international community welcomed an agreement for Pyongyang to send its athletes to the Winter Olympics in the South.Pyongyang -- which boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul -- on Tuesday agreed to send athletes and officials to the event as North and South held their first formal talks for two years at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone.Moon has long supported engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table over banned weapons programmes that have alarmed the U.S. and the global community, and seen Pyongyang subjected to multiple sets of United Nations sanctions.U.S. President Donald Trump has a much closer relationship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe than he does with Moon, and has claimed credit for the North-South talks.The U.S. cautiously welcomed the talks but warned that the North's attendance at the Games should not undermine international efforts to isolate Kim's regime.
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