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Tensions over North Korea's nuclear program had threatened to hang over the Games in Pyeongchang, a city about 80km from the border dividing the Korean Peninsula.

Mattis cited the wide array of logistics and transportation support required to conduct the Olympics, some of which would otherwise be tied up with military exercises.

"Those talks clearly are the result of the amount of worldwide pressure and they are a way, I think, for North Korea to start talking while keeping it contained to a benign issue", Mr Mattis said.

North Korea first called on Wednesday afternoon and the countries' officials spoke for 20 minutes, mostly to ensure the communication system worked properly, according to South Korea's Ministry of Unification.

What the neighbors had to say to each other may disappoint those who looked at this moment as a turning point for the countries, which had not had any direct contact in almost two years since relations broke down over the North's missile and nuclear tests and the South's decision to close down the jointly run Kaesong industrial complex. He said there can be little doubt that worldwide pressure, including sanctions ordered by the U.N. Security Council, is having some effect on Kim's calculations.

Failed missile test hits North Korean town
According to the report the missile never rose higher than 70km before crashing into either industrial or agricultural buildings. However, the cold relationship between South Korea and the North showed signs of thawing in the beginning of 2018.

In an interview with CNN on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that while it was Washington's aim to resolve the North Korean crisis diplomatically, "those diplomatic efforts are backed by a strong military option if necessary". Cirincione wrote: "Korean leaders have convinced him to take a step back from the brink".

President Donald Trump boasted that he has a bigger and more powerful "nuclear button" than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does - but the president doesn't actually have a physical button. South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

"The fact that South Korea wants to talk to North Korea, hopefully with China chairing the meeting, is a good sign", Armstrong added.

It was a response to Kim's New Year's speech in which the young leader warned the U.S. that he has a nuclear button on his desk at all times. But Trump's ambassador to the United Nations insisted that talks won't be meaningful unless the North is getting rid of its nuclear weapons.

Her statement comes after Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to respond to Kim's claim that he possesses a nuclear button on his desk.

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