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Trump open to talks between US, N Korea

AFP  |  Washington 

is open to talks between the US and North Korea, while remaining determined to apply "maximum pressure" over Pyongyang's nuclear program, the said today.

During a phone call with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In, Trump expressed his openness to holding talks with "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances."

"The two leaders underscored the importance of continuing the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea," added in a statement that confirmed a account of the phone call.

Moon briefed Trump on his government's talks with a delegation from the North on Tuesday, which resulted in agreeing to send a delegation to the in Pyeongchang next month, both sides said.

Trump also told Moon that Vice would lead the US delegation to the Olympic Games, the White House said.

Pence "is attending to reinforce the strong US presence on the and send a clear signal to the North Korean regime," a said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

On the trip, the will also "review ICBM defense systems" in Alaska, and visit allies in Japan, the said.

North and held their first dialogue in more than two years on Tuesday.

In a modest diplomatic breakthrough, -- which boycotted the 1988 in -- plans to send a large delegation to the February 9-25 Games.

and the are in a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

This will be Pence's second trip to and since becoming one year ago.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 00:35 IST