Friday, 19 October, 2018

South Korea's Leader Invited to North Korea

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Kenny Thornton | 12 February, 2018, 18:03

Outside the stadium, there were anti-unification protests over North Korea's involvement in the games.

In sharp contrast to the message of Olympic unity, Mr Pence's own symbolic gestures were determined to put a reality check on Kim Jong-un's charm offensive. Wow, so even the fairy tale idea of a unified Korean peninsula gets no play?

North Korea is subject to heavy United Nations and USA sanctions created to pressure the reclusive, one-party state to abandon its development of nuclear and ballistic missiles.

Mr Pence had kept open the possibility for some contact with the North Koreans in South Korea, while reiterating Washington's insistence that denuclearisation by North Korea is a necessary condition for permanent peace.

In the meeting with North Korean officials, Moon stressed the need for the communist North to resume dialogue with the United States.

The PyeongChang Games mark the first time North and South Korea will compete as one at the Olympics, but Vice President Mike Pence apparently did not deem the moment worthy of applause.

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Vice President Mike Pence, who will head the US delegation at Friday's opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, will also be competing in a hard new event not on any Olympic program.

The North's delegation to the Games also includes the country's ceremonial head of state as well as hundreds of female cheerleaders.

"I am very confident, as President Trump is, that President Moon will continue to stand strongly with us in our extreme-pressure campaign [against North Korea to give up nuclear weapons]", Pence said later. "But today we thought it was important to make sure the truth is told", he said.

Pence spoke at a memorial in Seoul that was prepared to remember 46 South Korean sailors after their ship was sunk in 2010.

The official added that Pence and North Korea's delegation were mutually avoiding interaction and that efforts by South Korea to arrange a meeting between them had been rejected by both sides.

Talk of combining teams was broached ahead of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul but did not happen.

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