North Korea agrees for inter-Korean diplomatic talks next week

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U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed meeting with Kim is still up in the air.

"Enhancing the US" tough stand against North Korea, Trump administration officials, including the President, have emphasised a possible preventive military attack against North Korea.

The Koreas agreed earlier this month that their leaders would meet in late April, on the South Korean side of Panmunjom.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, right, and the head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon arrive at a meeting at the Panmunjom, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

North Korea has agreed to hold high-level talks with South Korea on March 29 at the inter-border truce village of Panmunjeom to prepare for a summit of their leaders planned for April, the South said on Saturday, according to Reuters.

The statement gave no end date for the exercises, and it is unclear whether USA aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines would participate as they have in previous war games.

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"These are low-key drills". It raised concern that his selection is a decision that is as alarming as any Trump has made, saying there are few people more likely than Bolton is to lead the USA into war.

The officials will discuss the agenda for the meeting between President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Kim Jong-un, the North's leader, the South's Unification Ministry said in a statement. Seoul and Washington said that the exercises would begin on April 1 but will last a month rather than their usual seven or eight weeks.

The computer-simulated Key Resolve will involve about 12,200 Americans and 10,000 South Korean military personnel, he said.

Following a period of heightened tensions stoked by the North's nuclear and missile tests previous year, a rapid rapprochement has been underway on the Korean peninsula. The FEBC station located on Jeju Island, which is situated off the coast of the southern tip of Korea, is one of the Korean continent's most powerful stations.

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There are also concerns in South Korea over whether the appointment of John Bolton, Mr Trump's hawkish replacement of national security adviser H.R. McMaster, could potentially complicate efforts to set up talks between Mr Trump and Mr Kim, given his past bellicose rhetoric about North Korea.