BREAKING NEWS Newly-retired Bruce police chief killed in crash Full Story

Trump tells Seoul he's open to talks with North Korea

President Donald Trump expressed opennes...

Posted: Jan 10, 2018 3:32 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2018 3:32 PM

President Donald Trump expressed openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea during a call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday, the latest of Trump's forays into inter-Korean relations.

The call comes a day after representatives from North and South Korea held day-long negotiations in the demilitarized zone, where Pyongyang agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics and to hold talks with Seoul to ease military tensions.

The call comes a day after representatives from North and South Korea held day-long negotiations in the demilitarized zone

South Korean President Moon Jae-in "thanked President Trump for his influential leadership"

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Moon briefed Trump on the "outcomes of the discussions between North and South Korea" and Moon "thanked President Trump for his influential leadership in making the talks possible."

Moon, during a briefing with reporters earlier, credited Trump with making a "huge" contribution to bringing the North and South together.

"The two leaders underscored the importance of continuing the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea," Sanders said. "President Trump expressed his openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances."

The South Korean readout of the call said the conversation lasted 30 minutes and the two leaders agreed to "strengthen cooperation between South Korea and the US."

Both leaders "predicted that inter-Korean dialogue could naturally lead to a possible conversation between the US and North Korea to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula beyond North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics."

"I hope you let them know that there will be absolutely no military action as long as inter-Korean talks are ongoing," Trump said, according to the statement from the South Korean government.

That statement seemingly goes against Trump's long-expressed pledge to never telegraph military maneuvers.

The conversation with Moon is the latest in a series of moves where Trump has signaled an openness in talking with the North Korean leader.

During a conversation with reporters on Saturday at Camp David, Trump said he would "absolutely" be open to talking to Kim.

"Sure, I always believe in talking," he said. "But we have a very firm stance. Look, our stance, you know what it is. We're very firm. But I would be, absolutely I would do that. I don't have a problem with that at all."

Trump later said that didn't mean he would talk to Kim without prerequisites, but that "if something can happen and something can come out of those talks, that would be a great thing for all of humanity."

Trump's strategy with North Korea has been firm and his rhetoric has escalated since he took office in January. He promised "fire and fury" for North Korea if their nuclear program and missile tests continued and recently said his nuclear button is "bigger and more powerful" the Kim's, who he has taken to calling "Little Rocket Man."

Trump has, however, taken credit for the fact that South and North Korean negotiators met this week to discuss cooperation during the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

"Does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total "might" against the North," he tweeted earlier this month, "Fools, but talks are a good thing!"

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 343505

Reported Deaths: 7543
CountyCasesDeaths
Hinds23932444
DeSoto23229283
Harrison20527329
Rankin15411291
Jackson15232252
Madison10959227
Lee10719179
Jones9047169
Forrest8723159
Lauderdale7884244
Lowndes7054151
Lamar702989
Lafayette6548124
Washington5595139
Pearl River5196152
Bolivar4954134
Oktibbeha494398
Panola4771112
Warren4728128
Marshall4701106
Pontotoc447773
Union433279
Monroe4330137
Neshoba4281181
Hancock428088
Lincoln4176116
Pike3667113
Leflore3627125
Tate353388
Alcorn350974
Sunflower347694
Scott341176
Adams340988
Yazoo339376
Copiah324968
Simpson322891
Itawamba314680
Coahoma314085
Tippah306568
Prentiss298863
Covington293484
Leake285475
Marion284181
Wayne277543
George272251
Grenada269488
Newton262364
Tishomingo239770
Winston236784
Jasper230648
Stone229637
Attala226373
Chickasaw219060
Holmes200174
Clay197654
Clarke186880
Tallahatchie183742
Calhoun181332
Smith179235
Yalobusha171540
Walthall145748
Lawrence142826
Greene140134
Amite137543
Noxubee135235
Perry133538
Montgomery133044
Carroll126431
Webster121232
Jefferson Davis116734
Tunica114227
Benton106725
Claiborne105331
Kemper102429
Humphreys100133
Franklin87923
Quitman84719
Choctaw82619
Wilkinson78032
Jefferson71328
Sharkey51618
Issaquena1736
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 587405

Reported Deaths: 11536
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson853851591
Mobile48932864
Madison37517533
Shelby27280257
Tuscaloosa27171465
Montgomery26172627
Baldwin25399329
Lee17224181
Calhoun15401334
Morgan15170291
Etowah14954370
Marshall13116235
Houston12077293
Elmore10915219
St. Clair10763252
Limestone10725158
Cullman10546205
Lauderdale10255254
DeKalb9508192
Talladega8949188
Walker7793288
Autauga7563114
Jackson7400117
Blount7362139
Colbert6703142
Coffee6365132
Dale5650117
Russell480243
Chilton4771117
Covington4749125
Franklin458181
Tallapoosa4519156
Escambia441383
Chambers3949125
Dallas3743163
Clarke371263
Marion3463107
Pike332579
Lawrence3263100
Winston298773
Bibb290465
Geneva283983
Marengo262467
Barbour250961
Pickens245562
Butler240872
Hale235578
Fayette227065
Henry213945
Monroe202141
Randolph201144
Cherokee199248
Washington185239
Macon170552
Crenshaw168358
Clay166259
Cleburne161345
Lamar151038
Lowndes145455
Wilcox132331
Bullock126542
Conecuh121332
Coosa118329
Perry110528
Sumter110333
Greene99137
Choctaw64425
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Mostly Cloudy
80° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 83°
Columbus
Partly Cloudy
75° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 75°
Oxford
Partly Cloudy
81° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 83°
Starkville
Mostly Cloudy
75° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 75°
The heat wave that controlled our area over the past several days is now behind us. The forecast for the next week looks a bit cooler & less humid.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather