Donald Trump has said the US would be open to talks with North Korea, in a major breakthrough for relations between the two countries.
The US president was speaking to South Korean President Moon Jae-in after landmark talks between the two Koreas ln Tuesday during which it was agreed that the North would participate in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, next month.
A White House statement said that Trump and Moon still agreed they should continue the ‘maximum pressure’ campaign of US-led international sanctions against North Korea over its development of nuclear weapons.
South Korea’s presidential office added that Trump told Moon to let North Korea understand that there will be no military action of any kind while the two Koreas continue to hold dialogue.
It remains uncertain whether there will be any resolution to the decades-old tension on the divided Korean peninsula, but the thaw between North and South provides a diplomatic opening after months of escalating tensions.
‘President Trump expressed his openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances,’ the White House statement said.