S. Korea to resume joint military drills with US

Pyeongchang currently hosting the 2018 Winter Olympic Games is located in Gangwon

In a rare interview last night, Mr Tillerson maintained Washington's tough-talking stance on the North Korea issue and vowed not to give in to Pyongyang's warmongering rhetoric.

With help from a compliant media, North Korea successfully politicized the Olympic Winter Games despite its horrific record of human rights abuses.

While Washington has been signaling that it is prepared for both military action as well as engagement with Pyongyang, satellite imagery released by 38 North, a North Korea analysis website, indicated an experimental light water reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear facility in North Pyongan Province is nearing completion. Early February 2018, President Moon met with Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, and pledged to "creating the necessary conditions in the future" for him to visit the North.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday said that the US was "using large sticks" to attempt to convince North Korea to begin talks on its nuclear and missile program. For the US, it has been hinted that high-level talks are possible with North Korean officials, but both Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Tillerson are saying they would have to "wait and see" if they would meet with North Korean representatives.

It was the first trip to the South by a member of the North's ruling family dynasty since the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in an armistice, technically leaving the two Koreas at war.

South Korea is set to press ahead with joint military exercises with the U.S. in a move likely to aggravate North Korea amid a period of inter-Korean detente.

While conceding that North Korea does "does make us nervous", Tillerson also said that the USA was prepared to talk with the DPRK when Pyongyang gives the right signals.

"So I'm listening for North Korea to tell me they are ready to talk". "The Korea-U.S. military authorities are in negotiations on resuming the military exercises", he said.

He said: "We receive messages from them and I think it will be very explicit as to how we want to have that first conversation".

Though U.S. officials have hinted in recent weeks that there is an openness to dialogue with the North developing in Washington, there has also been an insistence that the country's "maximum pressure" campaign will continue.

Voice of America reported the two major command post exercises allude to the springtime Key Resolve exercise and the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill in August, while the field training refers to the Foal Eagle exercise, which is held in conjunction with Key Resolve. They are the key reason behind its ongoing nuclear and missile defense programs and tests.

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