Mr Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un have been trading barbs throughout the US President's first year in office; Mr Trump called Mr Kim "Rocket Man" multiple times and the North Korean state news agency had called the US leader a "dotard".

The drills, relatively common between the two countries' armed forces, have repeatedly angered North Korea, which seems them as an act of aggression.

In his New Year's address, Mr Kim threatened he has a "nuclear button" on his office desk and warned that "the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike".

North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with the South next week, the first in more than two years, hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

President Donald Trump says his tough stance on nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula is helping push North Korea and South Korea to talk.

Lambasting "failed "experts" discussing the matter as "fools", Trump questioned whether the two nations would have engaged in conversation had he not been "firm, strong and willing to commit our total "might" against the North".

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Though rare, such incidents involving passengers - and even airline staff - have been reported previously on multiple airlines. But flight attendants told investigators that only the alleged victim had asked for her seat to be changed.

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Green Airport were also affected by the outage, but the disruption was temporary and the system is back online. All airports were back on line after wait times for travelers that were longer than usual, it said.

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The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill has already been tabled in the Parliament on Friday and it seeks to replace the MCI. The outpatient departments in private hospitals were closed in support of the strike called by the Indian Medical Association.

On Thursday, the USA and South Korea announced that they would delay annual joint military exercises ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Ribbons bearing messages wishing for unification between the two Koreas hang on a barbed-wire fence near the militarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, December 21, 2017.

"And I truly do believe that making it clear that all options are on the table; that, as the president has done, making it clear the United States of America has the capacity to defend our people far beyond anything North Korea could imagine; but also making it clear that if North Korea will abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions, if they will dismantle those programs, there's an opportunity for a peaceable solution", he said. "We have no intention of weakening our warning and surveillance".

Reuters reported that it was active Wednesday, with officials from the North placing a call to the South.

The development comes amid signs of a thaw between North and South despite tensions that have soared between the two - as well as between Washington and Pyongyang - during recent months over the North's ongoing nuclear weapons and missile tests.


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