A former CIA official, North Korea and its southern neighbor, have recently been "scared" of threats by US President Donald Trump to "completely destroy" them.
The former director of the Central Asia East and Pacific Mission of the Central Intelligence Agency, Jung Pak, said on Monday that Pyongyang's willingness to hold talks with Seoul over its participation in the Winter Olympic Games partly depends on Trump's tough comments.
She noted that North Korea was alarmed, or at least took the Trump administration's threats about military strikes very seriously enough, making it seek some kind of communication.
She explained that this communication is cost-free, it is just the emergence, expressing the belief that there is an indication of weakness, indicates that the North Koreans feel what may be provided by the Trump administration.
Earlier, the US president said the United States might have no choice but to "completely destroy North Korea" because of its nuclear programs and ballistic missiles.