January 2, 2018 / 2:37 AM / a year ago

S.Korea's Moon says better inter-Korean relations go in hand with resolving N.Korea nuclear issue

SEOUL, Jan 2 (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday the improvement of inter-Korean relations was linked to resolving North Korea’s nuclear programme, a day after the North offered talks with Seoul but was steadfast on its nuclear ambitions.

In opening remarks at a cabinet meeting, Moon requested the ministries of unification and sports to swiftly create measures to help North Korea participate in the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The comments came after a New Year’s Day speech made by the North’s leader Kim Jong Un who said he was “open to dialogue” with Seoul and for North Korean athletes to take part in the Winter Games. (Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Michael Perry)

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