All major inter-Korean communication channels had been shut down over the North's nuclear program in recent years. Ri's South Korean counterpart, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, said he also hopes they would come up with a "good gift" for people in both Koreas.
In Tuesday's South-North Korea talks, North Korea confirmed that they will be sending athletes to compete in the Winter Olympics, as well as cultural performers, an Olympic delegation, spectators, and press. At that event, North Korea won seven medals, including two golds, making it one of the country's most successful Olympics.
"But thankfully, North Korea came to dialogue before tensions were heightened further", he said. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders also said the North's decision to attend the Games presents it with an opportunity to see the value of ending its isolation from the rest of the world.
It boycotted the only other Olympics hosted in South Korea, the Seoul Games of 1988, and often has skipped the Winter Olympics entirely. South Korea also stressed the need to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Chun said.
"They're keeping vague so the two sides can work it out in the coming weeks", Andray Abrahamian, a visiting fellow at the CSIS Pacific Forum, told NK News.
They did better than expected, placing 15th and even beating one of the two pairs of US skaters.
Gracenote thinks Canada will win men's hockey gold without its top NHL players, but predicts silver for the women's hockey team.
Choreographed cheer in Pyongyang in August 2005. It is unclear what kind of protocols the North Korean regime puts its athletes through prior to and following international competition. North Korea said its delegation would include athletes, high-ranking officials, a cheering squad, art performers, reporters and spectators. "I would like to express my gratitude".
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017.
Officials from both sides said they agreed to meet again to resolve problems and avert accidental conflict, amid high tension over North Korea's programme to develop nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States, but Pyongyang said disarmament would not be part of the discussions.
President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed hope for some progress from the talks and said he was open to talking with Kim himself.
South Korea's president says he'll push for more talks and cooperation with North Korea to resolve the nuclear standoff.
The two sides were to continue their negotiations later Tuesday at Panmunjom, the only place on the tense border where North and South Korean soldiers are just feet away from each other. The US military planners proposed that Korea should be split in half at the now infamous 38th parallel, as a means to prevent the spread of Soviet communism. "This is exactly the kind of dialogue that we said was necessary", a Kremlin spokesman said.