Donald Trump's 'madman' rhetoric may have scared North Korea to talks: Analysts

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Seoul's Defense Ministry says inter-Korean military talks will be arranged once the size of the North Korean delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics is confirmed.

"Even if we have one Korean team in women's hockey, we'll make sure it will not come at the expense of South Korean players", Roh said, adding that the IOC and the IIHF are currently seeking understanding from other participating nations.

"The South also delivered a document presenting its position regarding the North's participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics and matters on cultural events", the ministry added.

"I warmly welcome the joint proposals by the governments of the ROK (Republic of Korea) and DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), which have been applauded by so many other governments worldwide", said Bach in the statement.

At a later news conference with the visiting Norwegian prime minister, Trump said the United States had problems with North Korea, but "a lot of good talks are going on right now".

The expert said the diplomats noted that new elements appearing in South Korea-U.S. joint drills over the past few months have elicited growing concern that "zero hour" is not too far away, referring particularly to the air exercise Vigilant Ace, which involved 230 aircraft, including a large number of varied types of stealth aircraft.

US President 's notoriously threatening rhetoric towards nuclear-armed North Korea - which has drawn comparisons with 's "madman theory" of diplomacy - may deserve some credit for bringing to talks, analysts have said.

Sanders says members of a U.S. delegation that will attend the Winter Olympics will be announced soon.

Trump has repeatedly insulted the North Korean leader, describing him as mad and a "rocket man".

He added that the North Koreans reaffirmed their country's commitment to achieving nuclear parity with the U.S., insisting it does so to preserve their country's survival. Trump told reporters at the White House after his call with Moon to discuss Tuesday's North-South talks, the first since 2015.

"The purpose of it shouldn´t be talks for the sake of talks", he told a news conference, while warning that Pyongyang would face stronger sanctions if "provocations" continued.

When a North Korean flag was draped over a railing at a North-South football game during the 2014 Asian Games, it was removed by officials. South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

In November, China imported no iron ore, coal or lead from North Korea, the second full month of the U.N. trade sanctions. "Our task ... is to draw North Korea to talks aimed at the denuclearization of the North", he said.

Senior State Department official Steve Goldstein says the encouraged North Korea is sending athletes and supporters to the Games.

"It will only create divisions within the international community and harm joint efforts to appropriately resolve the Korean peninsula nuclear issue", he said.