Olympics-Joint Korean ice hockey team should get Nobel…

Olympics-Joint Korean ice hockey team should get Nobel…

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence didn't discuss the invitation with Moon Saturday while they watched a speed-skating event, a senior White House official said.

"We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games", he said in Japan earlier this week.

"We should firmly keep in mind that any talks where denuclearisation is not a precondition only buy North Korea more time to complete its nuclear capabilities while they fool us with their peace offensive façade", said Chang Je-won, spokesman for the Liberty Korea Party.

CNN took heat for a feature story on Saturday that said Kim Jong Un's sister is "stealing the show" at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong - attending as a special envoy for her brother - extended a rare invitation yesterday to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang. A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "The conditions refer to dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington".

After all, in 2006, North Korea reportedly sent at least 21 members of its cheering squad to prisons camps after they returned from an global sports event in South Korea and discussed their experience in the neighboring country with their family and friends.

"Early resumption of dialogue between the US and North Korea is absolutely necessary for developments in inter-Korean relations as well", said Moon, urging the North to more actively engage in dialogue with the USA, who was represented by Vice President Mike Pence at the Games.


"For our side, for the sports side, this dialogue will continue.", he said, adding that the IOC was in constant dialogue with North Korea's national Olympic committee. Previously, the U.S. had ruled out any possibility of talks with the North unless it agreed to discuss giving up its nuclear weapons. Based on that assurance, Pence was cited as saying he felt confident he could endorse post-Olympic engagement with Pyongyang. I asked him what exact steps Pyongyang would have to take to get real sanctions relief.

"All the parties concerned have welcomed this invitation to North Korea.", he said.

Moon's chief of staff held a farewell dinner for the delegation before the delegation attended a performance by a North Korean orchestra, the last item on their itinerary before heading home.

In the interview, Pence said the United States and South Korea agreed on terms for further engagement with North Korea, calling the diplomatic path "maximum pressure and engagement at the same time".

North Korea and KimJong-un can afford to be expansive as he has built up a formidable nuclear deterrent and further development in the field of rocketry and Intercontinental ballistic missiles is on the cards. "There's no wedge there", Mattis told reporters aboard a plane flying into Rome.

Park also dryly pointed out that the last-minute participation of the North Koreans meant some South Korean athletes who had planned to play were ruled out, a fact some South Koreans continue to resent.

Moon made it clear that the issue was an internal affair and that it was inappropriate for Abe to have brought up the matter, Reuters reported. Pence, who led the USA delegation to the Olympics, has accused Pyongyang of using the event for its own ends.

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