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Amid Olympic Détente, Pence Snubs North Koreans In Visit To Pyeongchang

North Korean cheerleaders perform their routine in support of the joint Korean women's hockey team during a game against Switzerland during their Group B contest of the women's hockey tournament at the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics at Kwandong H Amid Olympic Détente, Pence Snubs North Koreans In Visit To Pyeongchang
Freda Brock | 11 February, 2018, 11:53

So can Olympic Diplomacy diffuse hostilities on the peninsula?

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says a summit between her brother and South Korean President Moon Jae-in would pave the way for a fast improvement in ties that would make "yesterday seem like a long time ago".

However, no member of North Korea's ruling family has ever before visited the Blue House, which is near where North Korea founder Kim Il Sung - Kim Yo Jong's grandfather - sent dozens of commandos to assassinate former South Korean military strongman Park Chung-hee in 1968. Even if he had met the North Korean officials, Pence would simply have reiterated his mantra that North Korea can not reap the benefits of being part of the community of nations while it threatens the world with its nuclear and missile aggression.

" US VICE-PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE, amid signs that South Korean President Moon Jae In is warming up to the North Koreans".

Even with Mr Pence's insistence that the US and South Korea are unified in their opposition to North Korea and its nuclear programme, relations between the two Koreas has appeared to thaw recently. "I take great pride in seeing the extraordinary prosperity of freedom in South Korea and to know that the people of South Korea know that the American soldier won that for them - that's why there is no daylight and there will be no daylight - because the core of the bond between South Korea and the USA was forged in war".

South Korean player Ko Hyein said: "We had a tight game at first in the first period, but our mental toughness wasn't really good so we lost our posture after suffering the first goal".

'This is the first time Mike Pence has been accused of being a snob, ' said an aide to the vice president, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the North Korean reports.

In Washington, China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi, who was visiting the U.S., told Mr Trump that China hoped it and the U.S. could increase their coordination on the North Korea issue, China's Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Donald Trump-PM Modi speak over phone, discuss political crisis around world
As of now there are some 680,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh putting enormous pressure in the economy of Bangladesh. Modi and Trump also spoke about North Korea and its nuclear programme.

"My plan now is to enjoy the games, and I am thinking I will turn up for women's ice hockey, the one that has South and North Koreans together", Howard said. A large delegation from North Korea, dressed in identical garb and cheering in careful coordination, watched from an upper deck of the stadium.

Many experts say Kim's overture is meant to use improved ties with Seoul as a way to weaken USA -led global sanctions toughened after its series of big weapons tests past year that include its sixth and largest nuclear test explosion and three intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership traded insults and threats of nuclear war as tensions rose, with Trump repeatedly dismissing the prospect or value of talks with North Korea.

They both agreed not to enter into negotiations with Pyongyang similar to those that have failed in the past, he said.

The Winter Olympics still managed to dominate Friday's ratings although fans could read about the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony for hours before NBC shared the footage.

"We want to see President Moon become a protagonist in opening a new chapter for reunification and leave great footprints in history", she said.

The games are being held about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the border between North and South Korea, countries that technically have been at war since an armistice in 1953. The United States fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an "ironclad" agreement to protect its ally. Pence was "there to stand with Japan and South Korea", the official added when pressed on whether the vice president had intentionally dodged photo ops with Kim Yong Un's delegation.

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