The IOC has said it will host a four-party meeting to decide on the participation of North Korea in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games to be held in South Korea in February.
At the same time Trump was blamed for heightening tensions with his threats to rain "fire and fury" on the North - now the title of an incendiary book on his presidency - and assertions that its leader Kim Jong-Un was on a "suicide mission".br/ +.
There was "growing concern" in Pyongyang, Vorontsov said, that "different elements of a combined arms operation against North Korea are being methodically rehearsed and that 'zero hour', as they put it, is not too far away".
Following the first inter-Korean talks this week in more than two years, the two sides had agreed to hold talks on Jan. 20, hosted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The meeting would have to take a series of essential decisions including the number and names of athletes and officials from the North since the deadlines for registration havey expired.
South Korea has proposed working-level talks with North Korea on the latter's participation in the Winter Olympics set for next month, the South's unification ministry said on Friday.
While Washington has welcomed the talks as a first step toward solving the crisis over North Korea's program to develop nuclear missiles capable of reaching the United States, it has reiterated that any talks involving the United States must be aimed at North Korea's denuclearization. The rule will not be enforced within the Olympic venues, where IOC protocol applies, but could become an issue elsewhere.
South Korean President Moon Jae-In on Wednesday thanked Trump for his efforts, saying he had played a "very big" role in realising the talks.
The U.S. and other world powers want North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
North Korea's refusal to expand the agenda of Tuesday's talks was intended to draw out the process "to avoid possible US military action", Go added.
The Koreas fielded joint teams at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships and the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship.
"This initial round of talks is for the improvement of relations between North and South Korea".
North Korea ramped up missile launches last year and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, prompting a U.S. -led campaign to impose some of the strongest international sanctions yet, which Pyongyang dubbed an "act of war". "It will fulfil our desires for a peace Olympics".
The White House says North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics won't affect U.S. participation in the Games.
Since Kim inherited power in 2011, North Korea has made rapid progress towards its goal of developing a missile that can deliver an atomic warhead to the United States, which significantly strengthens its negotiating position.
The North didn't immediately respond to the joint march proposal.
China would not attend and was resolutely opposed to it, its foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.