South Korea's Moon hosts North Korean talks as Pence keeps up pressure

South Korea's Moon hosts North Korean talks as Pence keeps up pressure

South Korea's Moon hosts North Korean talks as Pence keeps up pressure

Government officials are especially concerned because a major reason for having Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was to hold a meeting with Moon in which Abe reiterated the importance of continuing to maintain pressure on North Korea through coordination between Japan, South Korea and the United States.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea have vowed to keep the momentum of inter-Korean rapprochement, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday. The two Koreas had combined teams and played simply as "Korea", wearing uniforms emblazoned with blue-and-white flags showing an undivided peninsula.

US Vice President Mike Pence has told reporters that the US and South Korea are united in their approach to North Korea's nuclear programme after the Olympic opening ceremonies in Pyeong Chang featured a joint appearance between the two Koreas.

Pence spent the days leading up to the Pyeongchang Olympics warning that the North was trying to "hijack the message and imagery" of the event with its "propaganda". While Trump's advisers have threatened military action to prevent Kim from gaining the ability to strike the US homeland with a nuclear weapon, Moon is seeking to prevent a war that could devastate South Korea and the region.

When a ferry carrying North Koreans to the Games docked in South Korea last week, the North asked its hosts for the fuel needed to get it home, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.

On his flight to Alaska on Saturday, the vice president said he left Asia "encouraged that we will continue to work very closely to continue and intensify the maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea. Her visit amounted to a charm offensive created to counter the US narrative that Kim Jong Un is a madman who tortures his own people and would blow up Los Angeles or New York City if he didn't get his way.

The Winter Olympics has thrust Kim Yo-jong into the spotlight.

However, the result mattered less than the political symbolism as around 200 of North Korea's famed "army of beauties" charmed a crowd of 3,600 besotted locals with nostalgic oldies - and even broke out a Mexican wave. Kim sent his sister Kim Yo Jong and Vice President Pence was also in attendance as part of the USA delegation. "It will be hard for the allies to resume their military exercises during summit planning".

Washington insists that Pyongyang must take concrete steps towards denuclearisation before any talks can begin, while Moon - whose parents escaped from the North in a USA evacuation during the war - has long argued for closer involvement to bring it to the negotiating table.

Some South Korean media had criticized Pence's decision to attend the opening reception for only five minutes, instead of sitting at the same table as the North Koreans, and not to stand when the joint Korean team entered the stadium on opening night. The left-wing Kyunghyang newspaper called the actions "deeply disrespectful".

But North Korea watchers aren't convinced that Moon will stay on script.

North Korea conducted its largest nuclear test a year ago and said it had developed a missile capable of carrying a warhead to the United States.

But the vice president's team saw it differently.

The team is Canada's largest for a Winter Olympics, but some of the athletes skipped the festivities while others indicated beforehand they would leave soon after their march around the pentagon-shaped venue with the official start of competition looming Saturday. He had been dispatched from Washington for the Olympics in part, he said, to make sure that people didn't lose sight of how the USA government perceives the North - as a misbehaving and unsafe neighbour in the community of nations. "VP does not applaud N. Korea or exchange pleasantries w/ the most oppressive regime on earth", he wrote.

President Trump, however, has done little to decrease tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world and attempt to use diplomatic means to end North Korea's nuclear program.

Previous rounds of denuclearization talks, even when they ended in a deal, have soon collapsed when the Kim regime has breached the terms.

Notícias recomendadas

  • Pokémon Switch Rumours Swirl After Localisation Editor Job Advert Appears

    Pokémon Switch Rumours Swirl After Localisation Editor Job Advert Appears

    Hopefully Nintendo announces something at E3 2018 about the future of the Pokemon franchise on the Switch console. Not to mention Pokemon Go is already out on mobile devices, so it can not be another phone game either.
    Apple Adds Three HomePod Tutorial Videos to its YouTube Channel

    Apple Adds Three HomePod Tutorial Videos to its YouTube Channel

    In the video, Apple walks users through adjusting setting such as the linked iCloud account, explicit content, and more. To commemorate HomePod launch weekend, Apple has shared a trio of tutorial videos for the smart speaker on YouTube.

    Turkish Troops Killed As Helicopter Downed: Prime Minister Binali Yildirim

    The official state news agency SANA said the local fighters were battling IS militants and the USA -backed SDF in the area. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis dismissed suggestions that the US military was stumbling into Syria's broader conflict.
  • France's Macron Presses Putin To Push For End To Syria Crisis

    With the backing of Iran and Russian Federation , the Syrian regime has been able to regain control across the majority of Syria. On the Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin , he said it was temporary and only against terrorists in that region.

    Watch Isaiah Thomas Rock Lakers Gear For First Time Since Cavs Trade

    Randle committed five of the team's 17 turnovers and appeared particularly agitated with the referees on this night. The Lakers like to switch defensively quite often, and that left Thomas in some really bad situations defensively.
    Molly Shannon Praises 'Kind' Sarah Jessica Parker After Kim Cattrall Comments

    Molly Shannon Praises 'Kind' Sarah Jessica Parker After Kim Cattrall Comments

    So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your "nice girl" persona". In an Instagram post, actress Kim Cattrall wrote: "You are not my friend.
  • These Images Were Captured Nearly 3.8 Billion Miles From Earth

    These Images Were Captured Nearly 3.8 Billion Miles From Earth

    Voyager 1's cameras were turned off shortly after that portrait, leaving its distance record unchallenged for more than 27 years. It's not the first time New Horizons has managed an unprecedented feat.
    Winter Olympics 2018: What to watch Saturday, Feb

    Winter Olympics 2018: What to watch Saturday, Feb

    The U.S. has yet to medal in the sport, but with the 7.5km sprint gold medal final , Team USA could create history. On the second night of the team competition, the dance team of Maia and Alex Shibutani took second, as expected.
    West Yorkshire firefighter's warning over deaths linked to paraffin-based skin creams

    West Yorkshire firefighter's warning over deaths linked to paraffin-based skin creams

    Although Chris said that such creams are safe to use generally, "they can go up" if exposed to heat or flames. It is believed cigarette embers sparked paraffin residue from his skin cream and set his clothes alight.
  • Issue identified with Pratt & Whitney GTF engines for Airbus's A320neo

    Issue identified with Pratt & Whitney GTF engines for Airbus's A320neo

    Both A320neos and A321neos are affected. "The passengers have also been given choice of full refund as well", the statement added. It is also said extended-range, twin-engine operations (ETOPS) can online be performed with two unaffected engines.
    Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen & More Hit Up Ellen DeGeneres' All-Star Birthday Bash

    Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen & More Hit Up Ellen DeGeneres' All-Star Birthday Bash

    Kim and Kanye, who welcomed baby girl Chicago on January 15, attended the party without the rest of the Kardashian-West clan.
    Five Keys: Cavaliers at Celtics

    Five Keys: Cavaliers at Celtics

    The Celtics were trailing by 21 points entering halftime, but clawed their way back into the game with a 34-17 third quarter. Also of note in the Cavs' new lineup is the inclusion of Osman, who made his first career start on Friday night.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.