Thursday, 20 September, 2018

North Korea invite is dramatic gesture, but not diplomatic breakthrough

Huge military parade in Pyongyang on February 8 As Olympics Open, Moon's Warm Words for Pyongyang Alarm South Korea's Allies
Ellis Copeland | 12 February, 2018, 04:20

At the opening ceremony Friday night, Pence was seated in front of Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un's sister and part of the North Korean delegation. He directly criticized the parade, but was then asked if the USA had ceded "moral high ground" on the issue, given President Donald Trump's interest in holding such a parade himself.

Global alarm at the rapid advance of nuclear-armed North Korea's weapons technology rose further previous year when the regime tested its Hwasong-15 ballistic missile theoretically capable of hitting the mainland U.S., in a challenge to Washington that has threatened to "utterly destroy" the regime in the event of an attack.

"We get along personally, so I believe that Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, if they talked they'd probably get along". Three must be North Koreans, and head coach Sarah Murray has said she plans to use three or four North Koreans.

"The United States of America has viable military options to deal with a nuclear threat from North Korea", he said.

Pence was accompanied by father of late Otto Warmbier, a USA college student who was imprisoned in North Korea for attempted theft in 2016, and died soon after he returned to his country.

The vice president's visit was also marked by bad blood between Pence and some US athletes.

Moon sees the Olympics as an opportunity to restore meaningful communication with North Korea after an extended diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear ambitions.

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Abe said during the talks: "The firm trilateral relationship of Japan , the United States and South Korea will never be shaken". Fred Warmbier, who also attended Trump's State of the Union address, has since denounced North Korea.


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Japanese head coach Takeshi Yamanaka said the addition of North Koreans won't really affect the big picture because South Korean mainstays will stay in the lineup. Pence reportedly seeks to damp the spirit of reconciliation, recommending that South Korea cut ties with its neighbor after the games end. Kim appears to have chose to approach South Korea first, and leverage the link with Seoul to bring about talks with Washington.

Pence and the North Korean delegation sat near each other at the ceremony but did not acknowledge or speak to each other.

But the North was welcomed with open arms to what South Korean President Moon Jae-in called "Olympic games of peace".

The delegation, the highest-ranking to visit the South, concludes its visit later on Sunday having charmed and intrigued the South Korean public, but still faces deep scepticism over the North's sincerity towards improving relations.

It would be the first summit in more than 10 years between the Korean leaders.

The Moons, Nam and Kim all stood again as athletes from both Koreas marched together behind a blue-and-white "unification" flag for the first time since 2007.

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