For the first time in two years, North Korea will sit down with South Korea.
Officials of the rogue nation announced on Sunday it will send a five-member delegation this week for talks with South Korea.
"We believe that the South and North have finalized the organization of their delegations in a balanced way," a South Korean official told Yonhap, according to Fox News.
North Korea is trying to win inclusion into the upcoming winter Olympics. The North Korea delegation is being led by veteran negotiator Ri Son-gwon, who chairs the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, a state agency in charge of inter-Korean affairs, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported, Fox said.
South Korea plans to send a five-member delegation, led by unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon.
Ri has led North Korea’s delegation in cross-border military talks since 2006. He is considered the “right-hand man” of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party’s chairman Kim Young-chol. Kim is known to have orchestrated the 2010 torpedo attack on a South Korean Navy ship that killed 46 sailors, Yonhap reported.
North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold talks in the DMZ village of Panmunjom. The Olympic games in Pyeongchang start Feb. 9. South Korean officials hope the talks can lead to discussions on improving relations.
South Korean Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan said last week the dialogue could be the olive branch that ushers in a new era of peace and prosperity in the Korean Peninsula after a year of threats and nuclear and missile tests by the rogue regime.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said in a New Year’s Day address that he “sincerely” hoped the Winter Olympics “will be a success” and added he’s willing to send a delegation, including one to compete in figure skating.
For his part, President Trump said on Saturday that he would be willing to talk to Kim, but not without conditions.
"I always believe in talking," Trump told reporters at Camp David. "Absolutely, I would do that," he said when asked if he would talk to Kim.
Trump has slammed Kim, calling him "Rocket Man," after the dictator tested missiles, some of which he claims can carry nuclear weapons.