NORTH KOREA North Korean Sports Minister in Tokyo for pre-Olympics meetings

Kim Jong-il greets residents at one of Pyonyang's subway entrances

Dialogue with North Korea looks in danger of drying up after Pyongyang pulled out of high-level talks with the USA and South Korea can not persuade leader Kim Jong-un to visit Seoul.

South Korean President Moon, however, is keen to improve relations and reduce tensions with North Korea, which a year ago were threatening to engulf the Korean Peninsula in war.

Kim and President Donald Trump held a summit in June and signed a denuclearization deal.

The inspections are part of a project to connect the railways of the South and North as agreed to at inter-Korean summits this year. "So that's something they agreed to and we look forward to Chairman Kim fulfilling his commitments".

Seoul and Pyongyang agreed earlier this year to modernize North Korea's railway system and connect it with South Korea's, but United Nations sanctions prohibit such interactions with North Korea.

"The longer North Korea takes to return to the negotiating table, the heavier South Korea's responsibility becomes". -North Korean dialogue and North-South rapprochement efforts could cause "everything to go down the drain".

FILE _ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, Sept. 16, 2017.

But for traditional Korean wrestling, ssireum, the South applied in 2016, a year after the North - which uses a different system to render Korean into English and transliterates it as ssirum.

North Korea had postponed a meeting scheduled for early this month in NY, in which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was expected to press Kim's regime to list its nuclear weapons and related sites. South Korea had about 60 posts inside the DMZ guarded by layers of barbed wire and manned by troops with machine guns.

"We are in frequent contact with North Korean officials. It reminds us of the peace-building power of cultural heritage", UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said. "Yes, certainly they do". But the DPRK (North Korea) still has all its nukes, all its missiles and all its military forces intact.

"There are sanctions, and if you want to do something, like delivering or selling products or goods that are subject to these sanctions, you need to go for an exemption of these sanctions", the source said. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News that if Kim is to meet Trump, it is "absolutely imperative" that he hand over a verifiable plan to disclose nuclear and missile sites, open them for inspection and dismantle them.

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