Pence Snub Reveals North Korea Strategy at Work

Pence Snub Reveals North Korea Strategy at Work

This meet would have been the first of its kind between senior officials from the Trump administration and Pyongyang, which are in a standoff over the North's development of nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States.

McShane said the rogue regime's mellifluous offerings near the border "could be just because there's a good number of North Korean citizens here".

Pyongyang's decision comes as a surprise: the Ministry of Unification (MOU) as recently as Wednesday said they had no new information to share regarding the possibility of a North Korean delegation attending the PyeongChang Closing Ceremony.

Chang said the United States and South Korea have different objectives when it comes to North Korea, with the USA wanting to disarm the rogue nation and South Korea's Moon hoping to see the peninsula unified as one country.

North Korea has denied having anything to do with the sinking.

Mr Pence was in South Korea for the opening of the Winter Olympics.

The isolated, impoverished but nuclear-armed North is under a thick layer of sanctions imposed over its widely condemned atomic and missile tests.

"We believe President Moon will naturally meet the (North Korean) delegation at the closing ceremony", a spokesman for the South Korean presidential office was quoted as saying.

He urged North Korea in the speech to a Security Council meeting on the U.N. Charter's role in maintaining peace to abide by U.N. resolutions, which have imposed increasingly tough sanctions to deter Pyongyang's nuclear program.

He is in charge of inter-Korean affairs and used to be head of military intelligence. On Thursday, the day before her scheduled arrival in South Korea, she congratulated to the US women's hockey team on their first gold medal for 20 years. Ostensibly, Pence would have met with one or both of those significant North Korean figures.

Some media outlets criticized Pence for staying seated as the United North and South Korean teams were introduced during the opening ceremonies, and others claimed brutal dictator Kim Jong-un's sister "stole the show".

Pence missed a group photo organized by South Korea for world leaders before the Games.

A flurry of sports diplomacy between the two Koreas began after the North's leader expressed a willingness to send a delegation to the Games in his New Year's Day message. The plan centers around rallying the worldwide community to further isolate North Korea both diplomatically and economically.

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