DPRK prepares for high level meeting with South Korea

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Added On January 8, 2018

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has begun preparations for a meeting with South Korea scheduled next Tuesday. 
 
The meeting is set to draw global attention.
 
South Korea said the DPRK sent a list of its five-member delegation to Seoul on Sunday. 
 
The message for the high-level meeting was relayed through the restored hotline in Panmunjom.
 
South Korea's unification ministry said the DPRK delegation will be led by Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.
 
South Korea had earlier sent a list of its own five-member delegation to the DPRK. 
 
The group is to be led by South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.
   
The two sides agreed to the high-level meeting after top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un announced in his New Year's speech that DPRK athletes would participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. 
 
Kim also ordered the reopening of a hotline with South Korea last week. 
 
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that he supports the talks between the two sides, adding he is willing to talk with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) DONALD TRUMP, US President
"Sure. I always believe in talking. 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. No problem with that at all."
 
Trump told reporters at the David Camp resort his team were working on a solution.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)DONALD TRUMP, US President
"If we can come up with a very peaceful and very good solution -- we're working on it with Rex and we're working on it with a lot of people -- if something can happen and something can come out of those talks, that would be a great thing for all of humanity. That would be a great thing for the world. Very important."
 
Trump spoke of the upcoming talks between Pyongyang and Seoul with optimism, adding he would "absolutely" love to the two sides take their conversation further.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)DONALD TRUMP, US President 
"I hope it works out. I very much want to see it work out between the two countries. I'd like to see them getting involved in the Olympics and maybe things go from there. So I'm behind that 100 percent."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) DONALD TRUMP, US President
"Right now, they're talking Olympics. It's a start. It's a big start. I would love to see it go far beyond the Olympics, absolutely. At the appropriate time, we'll get involved. But I like the idea of their dealing on the Olympics. That should be between those two countries."
    
The DPRK on Friday agreed to hold talks with South Korea. 
 
The hotline of direct dialogue between the two nations was reopened earlier this week for the first time in almost two years.
 
Signs of a thaw were seen when Kim announced in his New Year's address his country was willing to send a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea set to start in February.