The decision by the United States and South Korea to postpone joint military exercises until after the Olympics are over, helped pave the way for renewed inter-Korean dialogue.
North and South Korea have apparently both included vice minister-level officials who are veteran negotiators on their negotiating teams because they want these high-level talks to lead to talks that will address inter-Korean relations as a whole, including the issues of resuming tourism to Mount Kumgang and reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex. "But we have a very firm stance..." "Absolutely I would do that, I wouldn't have a problem with that at all".
Haley's comments brought the feasibility of such a goal under question, shedding light on the series of legislative obstacles inhibiting immediate action toward peace talks with the totalitarian regime.
"There is no turnaround", she said. "If something can happen and something come out of those talks, that would be a great thing for all of humanity, that would be a great thing for the world", he said. They have to stop testing.
The long-stalled talks come after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un indicated in his New Year's speech that Pyongyang was willing to send a delegation to the Winter Games in the South.
According to Haley, combating North Korea's one-sided bargaining tactics will be the first step in achieving any progress. "Considering that a variety of channels will be necessary if we assume that the Unification Ministry will be taking the lead in inter-Korean talks moving forward, I think they took the right approach to appointing people [to the negotiating teams]", said Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at the Sejong Institute.
North and South Korea have agreed to discuss cooperation on the upcoming Olympics in South Korea, as well as other issues, in rare talks set to begin Tuesday. It's not my understanding that they're going to talk about anything further.
Will the prestige of participating in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games be enough for Kim Jong Un to rescind threats of nuclear warfare, denuclearize the peninsula, and open the doors for peace talks with the United States?
Seoul has been keen to proclaim the event in Pyeongchang, just 80 kilometres south of the DMZ, a "peace Olympics" in the wake of ICBM and nuclear tests by the North - but it needs the North to attend to make the description meaningful.
"The talks will focus on North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and our preparations have centered around some requests made by the North for a peaceful Olympic Games", Unification Ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun told a media conference on Monday.
But now, he might see an opening to cause a different kind of trouble - by driving a wedge between Seoul, where the government wants to change North Korea's ways through engagement, and Washington, where President Donald Trump urges "maximum pressure".
The Olympics serve as the pinnacle of historical storytelling, relaying the state of the world through triumphs, failures, and, most notably, which nations are deemed unfit for the privilege of competition.
Francesca Friday is a New York City-based National Politics, Health and Lifestyle contributor for Observer.