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North Korea steps up tunnelling at nuclear test site: Monitor

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A man watches a TV broadcasting a news report on a high-level talks between the two Koreas at the truce village of Panmunjom in Seoul South Korea

North Korea's Punngye-ri nuclear test site has recently witnessed increased activities, which could indicate that the reclusive nation may be preparing for yet another missile test. He quipped on social media last week that the "nuclear button" on his desk was larger than that of the North Korean leader.

On Thursday, President Trump sat down for a rare Oval Office interview with reporters and offered an insight into his thinking on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, telling journalists that he has a "very good relationship" with the leader whom he often refers to as "Little Rocket Man".

"I have relationships with people", Trump continued. "I just don't want to comment".

Delegates from North Korea and South Korea meet in Paju, South Korea on January 9.

But Pyongyang - which boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul - agreed Tuesday to send athletes and officials to the Games as the North and South held their first formal talks in two years at Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone. "A lot of good energy", Trump said at the news conference.

White House spokespeople didn't immediately respond to questions about whether Trump and Kim had spoken.

The White House said Wednesday that Trump was open to the United States holding talks with North Korea "under the right circumstances", after South Korean President Moon Jae-In signaled a willingness to sit down with Kim.

Earlier this week, it was reported the U.S.is considering a "bloody nose" strategy with North Korea that would involve "targeted strikes", as Independent Journal Review reportedly previously.

In another article on 38North, Alexander Vorontsov, the head of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russia Academy of Sciences, was quoted as saying that North Korean diplomats were extremely serious about the possibility of war between North Korea and the U.S.

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