Pence: US Ready for Talks with North Korea

Pence: US Ready for Talks with North Korea

"Always stay healthy. Make sure you visit Pyongyang with President Moon", Kim Yo Jong said to first lady Kim Jung-sook after the concert, according to pool notes from South Korea's Blue House.

Here are a few terms that did not appear in CNN's article: gulag; human rights; nuclear weapons; missiles.

Kim Yo-jong arrived at Incheon International Airport on a private jet along with North Korea's ceremonial head of state, on Friday. The performance in the capital was attended by President Moon Jae-in and North Korean officials, and the head of the troupe, Hyon Song-wol, made a surprise guest performance, along with South Korean pop-star Seo-hyun.

Moon Jae-in must now walk a fine diplomatic line as he tries to encourage North Korea's new interest in dialogue without straying too far from the "maximum pressure" approach championed by the United States, South Korea's military ally.

"Honestly, I didn't know I would come here so suddenly".

The son of North Korean refugees and a leading advocate of a previous liberal government's "Sunshine Policy" of engagement with the North, Moon has spent his career - a lifetime, really - waiting for this chance. This is clearly aimed at driving a wedge between Seoul and Washington.

South Korea accommodated both the North Korean government officials and members of the art troupe at the Walkerhill hotel in Seoul.

US officials have been urging South Korea to be cautious in its rapprochement with the North - a point Pence drilled home in private meetings with Moon on Thursday.

Instead, the gestures were rejected by highest levels of the US government.

Media have reported Pyeongchang is spelled with an "e" for the same reason, but that change in 2000 has little to do with North Korea. They were whisked back and forth between Seoul and the Olympic towns of Pyeongchang and Gangneung. The Koreans were crushed by Switzerland, 8-0.


The KCNA report cited Moon as saying inter-Korean relations should be mended by the parties concerned "at any cost as indicated by Chairman Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address".

Despite President Moon's efforts to encourage diplomacy, the childish anti-diplomatic behavior of Vice President Pence undermined an opportunity for peace diplomacy at the opening of the Olympic Games, writes Kevin Zeese.

"I was encouraged by the affirmation of our alliance and our common goal, from both (Japanese) Prime Minister Abe and President Moon", Pence said.

He said the Koreas should create an environment so that a summit could take place. However, the South Korean president mentioned the need for the North to resume its dialogue with the United States.

The two Koreas marched together at Friday's opening ceremony but they have never before competed side-by-side at an Olympics.

"If "diplomatic dance" were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un's younger sister would be favored to win gold", the article began. In an embarrassing moment for South Korean officials, a North Korean defector, Kim Ryon-hui, turned up at border checkpoint which is heavily restricted to civilians.

Kim Yo Jong is 28 years old, according to the US government.

But don't just take it for me-Kim is personally sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department for her role in sustaining North Korea's oppressive regime. The previous meetings came after rounds of worldwide talks aimed at eliminating the North's nuclear program, which eventually failed. Abe attaches importance to close coordination among Tokyo, Washington and Seoul to pressure Pyongyang, while Moon intends to act as an intermediary for talks between the United States and North Korea by using another postponement of the joint drill as an incentive.

"The fate of our nation must be determined by our own selves - we must not allow the repeat of unfortunate past history where our fate was determined with no regard to our opinions", Moon said in a speech to South Korean lawmakers in November.

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