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iStock/Thinkstock(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- South Korea’s presidential office said Sunday that North Korea’s delegation to the Olympics agreed that there should be talks between the United States and North Korea.

Kim Ui-gyeom, a spokesperson for the Blue House, the presidential office, said that, just like South Korea, the delegation from Pyongyang believed that U.S.-North Korean relations should improve.

The announcement followed talks Sunday between South Korea's president and members of North Korea's delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony.

In response, the White House did not rule out direct talks, saying, "We will see if Pyongyang’s message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization. In the meantime, the United States and the world must continue to make clear that North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are a dead end."

It said any dialogue with the North must result in denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and that a "maximum pressure campaign must continue until North Korea denuclearizes."

A State Department spokesperson told ABC News the United States was "in close contact with the Republic of Korea about our unified response to North Korea," using the official name for South Korea. "As President Moon stated, 'The improvement of relations between North and South Korea cannot advance separately from resolving North Korea's nuclear program.'"

The South said the talks lasted an hour and concluded just a couple hours before the Olympics closing ceremony started in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The North Korean delegation included Kim Yong Chol, the vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee, and Ri Son Kwon, the chairman of North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, according to the Blue House.

South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, was joined by the Blue House national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, and the director of South Korea's National Intelligence Service, Suh Hoon, the president's office said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he hoped relations between North Korea and South Korea would improve, and the North Korean delegation said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un felt the same way, according to the spokesperson.

The Blue House made the announcement as the closing ceremony was getting underway. The American and North Korean delegations sat seats away from each other during the ceremony, but did not appear to interact.

ABC News asked the U.S. delegation for comment and did not immediately hear back.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher who sheltered students in her classroom during the Feb. 14 massacre that killed 17 said arming teachers with guns is "not a good idea."

Ashley Kurth, a culinary arts teacher at the high school in Parkland, Florida, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday that she has witnessed and broken up too many fights to support having guns around teenagers.

“These are kids who have raging passions,” the teacher said. “Having something like this in their vicinity is not a good idea.”

Kurth, a lifelong Republican, said she previously opposed legislation restricting gun rights.

But since the Valentine's Day shooting at her school, Kurth said she now believes semi-automatic weapons have no place in civilian hands.

“I don’t understand the need to have that type of weapon,” Kurth said. “For me, it’s the capacity; the rounds he went through in that time is just unreal.”

Kurth drew attention last week when she questioned Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida about proposals to arm teachers during a televised town hall on CNN. Kurth said then that a situation could become confusing if teachers have guns when authorities respond to a school shooting.

David Hogg, a 17-year-old senior at the school who has become a leader of the “Never Again” movement for gun control, was interviewed along with Kurth.

He told Stephanopoulos that he thinks people his age will succeed in changing gun laws.

“We have an entire generation of kids who’ve grown up around mass shootings, and can now vote,” Hogg said.

Hogg also reacted to a prior interview on This Week Sunday with NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch.

“She’s serving the gun manufacturers,” Hogg said. “She’s not serving the members.”

The NRA is “just disgusting,” the teen said. “They act like they don't still own these politicians, but they do.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Florida school shooting that killed 17 people has created a “window” for reforming gun laws in the U.S., according to a Republican governor.

“Everything kind of has its time,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an interview that aired Sunday on This Week. “If we can move this thing significantly forward, our country will be safer. Our children will be safer. But we’ve got a moment now, a window.”

President Donald Trump responded to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by promoting the idea of putting "gun-adept" teachers and staff carrying concealed firearms in classrooms and schools to protect students.

Kasich, a Republican, said he believes it is “reasonable” to give teachers the option of being armed at school.

“If there are teachers who say, ‘Look, I want to take training, I want to be able to be in a strong position,' if there is a way in which they can volunteer and get into a position of where they can be a protection for kids, I think that’s reasonable,” he said.

Kasich was interviewed along with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, whose state was the site of both the Columbine High School gun massacre nearly 20 years ago that killed 13 and a 2012 shooting inside a movie theater in which 12 died.

Hickenlooper said he is open to possibly allowing teachers to carry guns, but doesn’t believe many educators would want to take that on.

“I can count on one hand the number of teachers who said they wanted to be trained and wanted to be able to carry a gun,” Hickenlooper said. “So I agree with John here that if volunteers want to do this, and this is something they're willing to go through serious training and really be responsibly prepared for any situation -- you know, that's something we can look into.”

“But the expectation that you're going to get 20 percent of teachers to go through that training and want it -- it was not my experience,” Hickenlooper added.

The Colorado governor said the overall failure to pass gun control in the U.S. has allowed the places where "we create community” to be threatened.

“We’re at that point where we’re allowing ourselves to be terrorized by ourselves,” Hickenlooper said. "If you wanted to weaken this country, what better way to do it than to make children afraid to go to school? And you look at -- it’s not just schools, it’s churches, if you listen to a country-music concert.”

In 2014, Colorado enacted legislation requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, which has proved successful, the Democratic governor said.

“It was a big political battle,” he said. “But universal background checks -- they work.”

Hickenlooper added that he would like to see restrictions on access to assault weapons, saying, “I don’t think we should have military-grade weapons available to teenagers, to start.”

A full ban on assault weapons is "still a tough sell," he said. "But, you know, this is all a function of public sentiment. I think public sentiment is clearly changing, and there are more and more people out there just saying military-grade weapons don’t belong out on the streets.”

Kasich voted for an assault weapons ban in 1994 when he was a member of Congress. The law was put in place but expired in 2004.

The Republican governor said he believes that legislation now should focus on the size of gun magazines.

“Why do you have to have a weapon with 30 bullets on it?” Kasich said of large-capacity magazines. “Can you limit that?”

The 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people -- mostly students -- at Stoneman Douglas opened fire at the school with an AR-15-style rifle, according to police.

“To me, if you can get at the ammunition, then you will have made a significant impact on the ability of somebody, without reloading, to cause enormous damage,” Kasich said. “And maybe we’ll see [President Trump] buy into that.”

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A group of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students has captivated the nation with their tenacity and eloquence as they advocate for gun reform. This, in the throes of grief.

After many witnessed their friends killed by gunfire, they leaped into action to protest, with some even taking a bus from Florida to Washington, D.C.

Their response to trauma is not to shut down, but to speak up.

But if trauma is so common, shouldn’t the rate of PTSD be higher?

Not necessarily. People may be more resilient than they realize.

Psychologically speaking, resilience comes from whatever buffers someone from the negative effects of trauma, helping them "bounce back" and successfully adapt when horrible events shake them. Supportive relationships, optimism and good problem-solving skills, among other factors, help people "bend but not break" after traumatic experiences.

Some people bounce back from trauma, and others can even grow from it.

Posttraumatic growth (PTG) -- a theory developed by Lawrence Calhoun and Richard Tedeschi of University of North Carolina-Charlotte -- explains how people who struggle with the negative effects of trauma can ultimately experience positive growth. They find a way to thrive after stressful events through their ability to appreciate life, see new possibilities, understand personal strengths, form closer relationships and deepen spirituality.

It’s not uncommon for people to turn tragedy into activism; they don’t want their experience or the loss of loved ones to be in vain. Tedeschi noted that many social movements can be traced to trauma survivors who decided to bring about social change. For example, Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded by a mother whose child was killed by a drunken driver.

But people need to effect change at their own pace.

Tedeschi said, "Some people very quickly decide, 'I'm going to do something.’ Some people have to go through quite a soul-searching for a while."

Deciding to act and achieving change are two separate things.

"Having passion and being on a mission is one thing, but turning it into practical results is dependent on a whole other set of abilities," Tedeschi said. "Trauma does not necessarily inform people of how to do that."

Expecting people to become activists immediately following trauma isn't just unrealistic -- it's harmful. Calhoun emphasized that PTG is "something for most people that unfolds over time."

He cautioned against therapists introducing the topic of PTG to people too soon after traumatic events because it puts unnecessary pressure on them.

"I wouldn’t say anything," Calhoun said. "I would listen."

And, of course, just because some good may eventually come from trauma doesn’t mean that trauma is good.

"Posttraumatic growth comes at a high price for most people," Calhoun said. "It’s a terrible gift."

Dr. Christy Duan is a psychiatry resident physician at Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York and a resident at the ABC News Medical Unit. Dr. Vasilis K. Pozios and Dr. Praveen R. Kambam are forensic psychiatrists.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A growing number of companies are announcing plans to sever ties with the National Rifle Association following the shooting massacre Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida that killed 17 students and staff, sparking renewed calls for gun control.

One of the first companies that said it would cut ties with the gun-rights lobbying group was First National Bank of Omaha, which announced Thursday that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit card with the NRA.

A slew of other companies -- including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, MetLife Insurance Co., Hertz and Best Western -- have followed suit, announcing plans to terminate special discounts and benefits for NRA members.

And as petitions circulate online urging companies to #BoycottNRA, the pressure to disassociate from the NRA is growing. #BoycottNRA has already trended on Twitter.

"The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement," the NRA said in a statement Saturday. "Despite that, some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice."

Below, a roundup of the companies that have distanced themselves from the NRA:


United Airlines:
The airline said Saturday that is ending a discount it has offered for travel to the NRA's annual meeting.

Delta Air Lines:
Delta announced on Twitter on Saturday morning that it will be ending its contract with the NRA for discounted rates for group travel.


Chubb Ltd.:
"Three months ago, Chubb provided notice of our intent to discontinue participation in the NRA Carry Guard insurance program under the terms of our contract," the insurer said in a statement."

First National Bank of Omaha:
One of the country's largest privately held banks tweeted Thursday, "Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA. As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card."

MetLife Inc.:
"We value all our customers but have decided to end our discount program with the NRA," the insurer tweeted Friday.


The Hertz Corp.:
"We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA’s rental car discount program with Hertz," the rental car company tweeted Thursday afternoon.

The car rental company told ABC News in an email that as of March 26, "our brands will no longer provide the NRA member discount."

Enterprise Holdings Inc.:
The car rental company, which also owns Alamo and National, tweeted Friday, "All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26."

"TrueCar is ending its car-buying service relationship with the NRA effective Feb. 28, 2018," the Santa Monica, California-based automotive pricing and information website tweeted Friday night.


Wyndham Hotels:
"Hello. Please know, Wyndham is no longer affiliated with the NRA," the hotel chain tweeted at several social media users.

Best Western:
"Best Western Hotels & Resorts does not have an affiliation with and is not a corporate partner of the National Rifle Association," the hotel chain tweeted, without saying when the decision to part ways was made.


Symantec Corp.:
"Symantec has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association," the software company, which makes Norton Antivirus technology, tweeted Friday.


parent company of both North American and Allied van lines, said in a statement Saturday that, effective immediately, it no longer has "an affiliate relationship" with the NRA. "We have asked them to remove our listing from their benefits site," SIRVA said.


a Boston-based home security company, confirmed that it was cutting ties with the NRA. "We have discontinued our existing relationship with the NRA" SimpliSafe CEO Chad Laurans said in a statement.


Starkey Hearing Technologies:
"We have made the decision not to renew our discount program with the NRA," the Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based company tweeted. "We will be asking them to remove our information from their website. Our focus remains on bringing better hearing to people around the world in partnership with hearing professionals."

Paramount RX:
"The prescription discount program that is made available to NRA members is offered through a third-party vendor. We are working with that vendor to discontinue the program and remove the offering," the Cary, North Carolina-based company tweeted.

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Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald paid a visit Saturday to one of his team's biggest cheerleaders: Sen. John McCain.

McCain's wife, Cindy, posted a photo of the trio on Instagram at the McCains' Arizona cabin.

Fitzgerald and the 81-year-old Arizona Republican lawmaker -- who has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer for months -- have been friendly for years.

In December, the football player penned a touching tribute to McCain for Sports Illustrated.

"When I think about Christmas, and I think about Senator McCain, I think of giving," Fitzgerald wrote.

In a nod to McCain's military service, Fitzgerald continued, "The sacrifices John McCain has made for our country, and especially the men and women he served with in the military, are incredible. I saw the very jail cell where he was held as a POW, and I tried to imagine what it must have been like to be him. I took a photo of myself next to his flight suit, the suit he was wearing when he got shot down. So powerful. So meaningful. Those images will never leave my mind."

And of McCain's health, Fitzgerald wrote, "Sen. John McCain again finds himself in a battle. This time it’s with cancer, and the treatment he’s undergoing is exhausting. I'll wish him a Merry Christmas today, and I pray he lives another 20 years."

McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma over the summer. In July, he began chemotherapy and radiation treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

In December, McCain spent time in a hospital. "He’s receiving treatment for the side effects of the therapy," his longtime friend, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told ABC News at the time. "I feel pretty good about the way the treatment is affecting his underlying cancer. But the treatment has a downside. So he’s trying to get rested up."

Graham added, "I’m very confident he’ll come back and continue to participate for a long time to come."

In an interview with the Arizona Republic last month, McCain's son Jack said of his dad, "He is a tough old person. I usually use the term 'bastard.' He's a tough old bastard. And he has an indomitable spirit. It is impossible to keep the man down."

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THE SIMPSONS ™ and © 2017 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LOS ANGELES) -- It's unwise to try to plant your flag in the backyard of one of the sharpest writing teams in television history, but that's just what Sen. Ted Cruz did Thursday evening, when he tried to knock Democrats by invoking The Simpsons.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruz was speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., when he reportedly noted, "I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and Republicans are happily the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge."

Cruz was immediately mocked online for comparing Republicans to the bumbling, less intelligentmembers of the famous yellow family, rather than Lisa, a near-genius.  And it didn't take long for the team behind the history-making animated series to respond.

"Ted Cruz says Maggie Simpson would vote for him. I think Ted's the one who could use a pacifier in his mouth," tweeted Simpsons showrunner Al Jean.

For good measure, he also added, "The way things are going, even Mr. Burns is thinking of becoming a Democrat." He then paraphrased a classic Simpsons scene by writing, "Ted, they're not saying 'boo,' they're saying 'Cruz.'  Oh, wait, they are saying 'boo.'"

Over the years, the long-running show has been an equal opportunity offender with regards to political parties, as well as eerily prescient, having predicted that Donald Trump would one day be president.  However, the show and its creator Matt Groening are left-leaning, for the most part.

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