In a New Year's Day speech, North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong Un, said he was willing to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, while also announcing he has a "nuclear button" on his desk that could launch an atomic bomb at any location in the mainland United States.
The South Korean government on Tuesday will announce its official view on the previous administration's 2015 deal with Japan meant to resolve the issue of wartime "comfort women", with several diplomatic sources saying Seoul will call on Tokyo to voluntarily take additional action.
South Korean officials say they will focus in the talks on Olympic cooperation before moving onto more hard political and military issues.
The article was published to mark the high-level meeting to be held on January 9 between representatives of North and South Korea, who have technically been at war for more than 65 years, Efe news agency reported.
Kang is also expected to comment on a two-track strategy on Japan that aims to keep historical disputes separate from other aspects of bilateral relations, such as cooperation over the North Korea issue.
"We will listen to what North Korea will say".
"We will be as flexible as we can be", an International Olympic Committee spokesman told AFP over North Korea sending a team to the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea.
South Korea's delegation will be headed by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.
"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. "We have at times changed the timelines on these [drills] for any number of reasons, so for us this is the normal give and take that we have". North Korea has not responded to Seoul's offer.
They also discussed ways to bring North Korea to the dialogue table for meaningful talks.
Haley said it was her understanding that the two sides were limiting their talks to the Olympics, "but you know, those two countries have to get along".
Hayley stressed during the interview that USA tension with North Korea is a "serious situation, and [Kim] can't sit there and imply that he's going to destroy the United States without us reminding him of the facts and the reality that if you go there, it's not us that's going to be detroyed, it's you".
The government of liberal President Moon Jae-in has expressed hope that the North's participation will ease tensions on the divided peninsula, which have flared up due to North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations.