>> The Pentagon on Monday said it's cautiously optimistic about landmark talks between North and South Korea. After a South Korean delegation met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Penyanyi on Monday. It's believed to be the first time Kim has met with officials from the South since he took power in late 2011.
The delegation was reportedly invited to join Kim for dinner. The South Korean visit aimed at encouraging a dialogue between North Korea and the United States. Both sides have expressed a willingness to talk but President Donald Trump has said that North Korea has to give up its nuclear weapons program first, something Kim has sworn never to do.
Monday's meeting followed in easing of tensions between North Korea and the South in recent months. North Korea has not carried out any weapons test since late November when it tested its largest intercontinental ballistic missile ever. And last month North Korea sent athletes to the Winter Olympics in the South.
And the high ranking delegation that included Kim's sister, Kim Yoo Jung who met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Members of the South Korean delegation will fly to Washington later this week to brief US officials on the talks.