International Olympic Committee extends deadline for North Koreans to register for Olympics

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International Olympic Committee has extended the deadline for registration of North Korean athletes for the Pyeongchang winter Olympics. Lindsey Graham warned that the United States was "getting close to a military conflict" with North Korea, which has developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US with a nuclear warhead. "People with practical experience in talks and other aspects of inter-Korean relations were put front and center, apparently reflecting a determination to tackle not only the Pyeongchang Olympics but also the laundry list of issues affecting inter-Korean relations", said Kim Yong-hyeon, a professor at Dongguk University. Hwang attended vice minister-level inter-Korean talks held in 2015 and inter-Korean working-level talks held in 2013 to address the Kaesong Complex crisis as an advisor for North Korea's National Economic Cooperation Federation, which oversees the North's cooperation projects with the South.

In a New Year's address, Kim said he has a "nuclear button" on his office desk and warned that "the whole territory of the United States is within the range of our nuclear strike".

If the North agrees, one of the top agenda items will be whether the two Koreas' sportspeople make joint entrances to the opening and closing ceremonies, as they did for Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.

South Korean officials say they will focus in the talks on Olympic cooperation before moving onto more hard political and military issues.

With only a handful of qualified winter sports athletes, analysts say North Korea is likely to send significant numbers of cheerleaders to the Pyeongchang Games, which run from February 9 to 25. But North Korea could demand some rewards in exchange for those steps, such as the revival of stalled cooperation projects that are lucrative for the North or the suspensions of annual U.S. It will also be the first dialogue since South Korean President Moon Jae-in launched his administration last May.

March 8, 2016U.S. & South Korean troops are participating in exercise #FoalEagle. The DPRK accepted it without any change of the dialogue venue and time that South Korea had proposed.

President Donald Trump's United Nations ambassador said Sunday the administration isn't changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea amid growing tensions over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

Pyongyang's chief delegate Ri Son Gwon has a similar role as head of the Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea.

News of the event comes amid growing concerns of a nuclear attack as the topic bounces back and forth between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.