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ABC News: Kim Jong Un Pits SKorea Against US by Re-Establishing Talks

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 January 2018 07:46 AM

Communications resumed between North and South Korea, amid strong words of caution from U.S. officials and others, ABC News reported.

The two nations re-established direct contact through a military hotline on Wednesday to discuss North Korea's desire to send a team to the Winter Olympics scheduled to start Feb. 9 in South Korea, according to the network news.

The move comes even as U.S. officials confirmed to ABC News that there has been action in North Korea consistent with preparation for a ballistic missile launch.

"North Korea can talk with anyone they want, but the U.S. is not going to recognize it or acknowledge it until they agree to ban the nuclear weapons that they have," said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

If North Korea launches a ballistic missile in the coming weeks, South Korea would be faced with the issue of continuing talks or siding with President Donald Trump's condemnation of the nuclear tests, the network news reported.

And critics maintained North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is just trying to put a wedge between South Korea and the U.S. by resuming communication, ABC News said.

"We see no point in a dialogue that only discusses the Pyeongchang Olympics without talking about the nuclear issue," said South Korea's opposition Liberty Korea Party spokesperson Jeong Tae-ok. "North Korea will surely make unreasonable demands, starting from wanting to be recognized as a nuclear state."

The New York Times reported North Korea could be sensing a "simmering tension" between Trump and South Korea and hopes the talks could further dampen the relationship.

The newspaper noted South Korea had been pushing for an economic and diplomatic opening with North Korea, while Trump pressed for sanctions.

"We have already expressed our willingness to engage in a dialogue with North Korea at any time, in any place and in any format, as long as both sides can discuss restoring their relations and peace on the Korean Peninsula," said South Korean presidential spokesman, Park Soo-hyun.

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