Kim calls for further reconciliation
Moon says US open to talks with N Korea; Trump tells Putin more steps needed to stop Pyongyang nuke bid
SEOUL, Feb 13 : North Korea's leader said he wants to boost the "warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue" with South Korea after his high-level delegation returned from a visit to the South, as his foes reiterated the need to keep up maximum pressure and sanctions.
Kim Jong Un gave instructions for measures aimed at more inter-Korean engagement after his younger sister Kim Yo Jong led a three-day visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, North Korea's state media reported on Tuesday.
He thanked the South for "specially prioritising" the North's attendance at the Games, North Korean state news agency KCNA reports. He also gave "important instructions" on how to "liven up" the "warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue".
South's President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday the United States is open to talking with North Korea, Moon's spokesman told a briefing.
"The United States sees inter-Korean dialogue in a positive light and has expressed its openness for talks with the North," Moon told Latvian President Raimonds V?jonis, according to the spokesman.
Seoul is planning to push ahead with its plans for reunions of family members separated by the 1950-53 Korean War in order to sustain the dialogue prompted by the North Korean delegation's visit.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has spoken with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about North Korea's nuclear program, the Israel-Palestine conflict and Sunday's tragic plane crash outside Moscow.
Trump told Putin that 'now is the time to work toward an enduring peace agreement', according to a White House statement. —REUTERS