North Korea has yet to respond to the South Korean proposal, leaving some uncertainty as to the agenda and the venue of the talks.
But the United States should also communicate that if North Korea does immediately stop that there would be an immediate meeting of North Korea, the United States, China and Japan to establish a nuclear non-proliferation treaty for the region and very serious and significant economic and financial aid and assistance to North Korea from all four countries.
The tentative rapprochement comes after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un warned in his New Year speech that he had a nuclear button on his desk, but at the same time offered Seoul an olive branch, saying Pyongyang could send a team to next month's Winter Olympics in the South.
The U.S. described the move to put off its annual drill with South Korea as an effort to "de-conflict" the military exercise and the Winter Games, allowing Moon to "focus on ensuring the security" of the Olympics, due to start February 9. South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty. The IOC previously stated that "all costs for [the athletes'] participation will be covered by Olympic Solidarity and this includes equipment, if needed and requested" by the North Korean Olympic Committee.
Despite Trump's latest praise for the North-South talks, his administration has sent conflicting signals on whether it would be open to meetings with representatives of Kim's regime, or between North Korea and South Korea. "These talks will be limited to conversations about the Olympics and perhaps some other domestic matters. not beyond that", she told a regular press briefing.
"I'd like to see them getting involved in the Olympics and maybe things go from there".
North Korea says its weapons are necessary to counter USA aggression, and it regularly threatens to destroy the United States and its two key Asia allies, Japan and South Korea. "Since North and South Korea have not sat down together for a long time and since these will be high-level deliberations, I also think there could be a discussion of matters of mutual interest", Cho told reporters on January 5.
Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera sounded a note of caution about the proposed talks.
Since North Korea is not a direct threat to China, China has only recently imposed any meaningful pressure on North Korea to stop the North Korean nuclear development, but not enough. "We have no intention of weakening our warning and surveillance".
Analysts with the website 38 North, which tracks North Korea, reported Pyongyang may be preparing to test a rocket engine at a facility in Sohae, North Pyongan province, where all of the North's satellite launches have taken place since 2012. "We are open to the possibility of discussing other issues, but it's still too early to say how this will play out", said a senior official at the Blue House.