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North Korea's Dictator Kim Jong Un Says 'Open To Dialogue' With South Korea

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North Korea's Dictator Kim Jong Un Says 'Open To Dialogue' With South Korea

Ranabir Bhattacharyya

In a dramatic turnaround, North Korean self-proclaimed messiah Kim Jong Un has called for an 'open dialogue' with South Korea in his New Year's Day speech. He also urged to lower military tensions on the Korean peninsula. He also discussed the possibility of North Korean contingents participating in the Winter Olympics Games. In his usual rhetoric, he remarked,"When it comes to North-South relations, we should lower the military relations on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment. Both the North and South should make efforts.

North Korea's participation in the Winter Games will be a good opportunity to show the unity of the people and we wish the Games will be a success. Officials from the two Koreas may urgently meet to discuss the possibility." Incidentally, before the New Year's speech of his North Korean counterpart, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ensured that South Korea and US will postpone large military drills to enthuse confidence in North Korea so that they participate in the Winter Olympics Games.

Anyhow, Kim Jong Un has categorically warned the United States for their alleged interference. He has said that he has got a 'nuclear button on his desk ready for use' in case North Korea is threatened. There is no denying the fact that in September when North Korea tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the situation has turned indeed difficult between North Korea and US. Kim Jong Un has also added in his speech that North Korea would focus on mass producing nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles for operational deployment in this year, calling for a further vulnerability in the Korean peninsula.