International Olympic Committee to decide on DPRK's participation in PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games

This was the alert which was issued among residents in Hawaii on Saturday morning which caused panic. Civil Defense later told residents it was a mistake and that someone'pushed the wrong buttons during a drill

But turning the winter thaw into a longer-term detente will be far more daunting.

It was predictable, if disappointing, that North Korea refused this week to discuss its nuclear ambitions.

The two North Korean athletes compete in pairs figure skating, where they have skated to a cover version of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life" and Quebecois singer Ginette Reno's "Je Ne Suis Qu'une Chanson".

The United States, which still has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, initially responded coolly to the idea of inter-Korean meetings.

"If the South Korean authorities really want detente and peace, they should first stop all the military acts they have waged with the USA against their brethren", the official Rodong Sinmun wrote.

Participation in the Olympics would help ease the North's isolation.

South Korea would prefer a diplomatic solution and less American rhetoric. As with the images of officials from North and South greeting each other in the demilitarised zone on Tuesday - their first meetings for two years - it is a welcome sign of de-escalation.

China's imports from North Korea plunged in December to their lowest level in dollar terms since at least the start of 2014, with trade curbed by United Nations sanctions aimed at persuading Pyongyang to abandon its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. The White House said Moon had briefed Trump on the outcomes of the North-South talks Tuesday and "thanked President Trump for his influential leadership in making the talks possible".

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"For North Korea to achieve its desired effects and to attract attention, it will have to dispatch its beauty cheering squad", said An Chan-Il, a defector-turned-researcher who heads the World Institute for North Korea Studies.

North Korea entered the talks with a "serious and honest stance", said Mr Ri, who is also chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.

Indeed, the sanctions that North Korea wants lifted were imposed due to their 25 missile launches and the hydrogen bomb nuclear test, all in 2017.

During an earlier era of inter-Korean detente, athletes from the two Koreas paraded together at global sports events such as the Olympics and fielded a unified Korean team. That effort, however, ended in failure.

Culture and sports diplomacy between them since then has followed the ups and downs of their Cold War-era relations.

South Korea asked its neighbour to halt hostile acts that stoke tension on the peninsula, and in return, the North agreed that peace should be guaranteed in the region, the South's unification ministry said in a separate statement.

The two Koreas, who are still technically at war, marched together at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2004 Athens Games and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Instead, he made nice about the discussions planned between north and south Korea.

Moon and Xi agreed to find a peaceful solution to the North Korea nuclear issue through strengthening of communication and cooperation between Seoul and Beijing.

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