The United States and South Korea took a tentative step toward peace with Kim Jong Un’s North Korean regime this week, but whether or not diplomacy can yield any lasting results is yet to be seen.

Although the focus of Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s address for many was his quip about a “nuclear button,” Kim also extended what could be seen as a bit of an olive branch to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.  According to the North Korean leader’s speech, he hoped to improve ties with his country’s estranged neighbor, and requested a meeting between North and South Korean officials to discuss North Korea’s participation in the upcoming Olympics, being held in South Korea.

Moon, who has been calling for an open dialogue with Kim since taking office last year, quickly proposed talks in the border village of Panmunjom, set for next Tuesday.  Then, on Wednesday, a cross border hotline between the two nations was brought back on line, establishing a single link of communication between the two states.  Most important, however, was likely Thursday’s announcement that South Korea and the United States would hold off on continued military exercises until after the Olympic events.

Last month, American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson publicly stated that the United States was willing to engage in diplomatic talks with North Korea “any time,” but the response from both Kim’s regime and the White House seemed to indicate that neither country was prepared to do so.  Kim and his regime showed no signs of interest in meeting with the U.S.’ top diplomat, however, that could have been in part a result of the White House quickly undercutting Tillerson’s proposal.