North Korea not interested in meeting with VP Pence

Feb 09, 2018, 02:01
North Korea not interested in meeting with VP Pence

Saturday will witness South Korean President Moon Jae's meeting with Kim Yo Jong, the sister of his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un.

Addressing tens of thousands of troops and civilians assembled on the square below him, Kim said the parade marks North Korea's emergence as a "global military power" despite facing the "worst sanctions".

Worldwide media was, unsurprisingly, not invited to the parade in Pyongyang, which is thought to have showcased rockets and missiles.

Speaking in Tokyo on his way to South Korea, which is hosting the Games over the next three weeks, Pence said he would soon announce the stepped-up sanctions in an effort to pressure the North to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes.

A North Korean cheering squad has performed at a welcome ceremony in the Olympic Village near Pyeongchang, South Korea. "But we'll see what happens".

One of the North's ICBMs - the Hwasong-15 - was wheeled out along with a variety of other missiles, including a Hwasong-12 mid-range missile, which the North flew over Japan twice past year.

Pence, who is set to lead the USA delegation at the opening ceremonies Friday, made the announcement in Japan on Wednesday after meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Instead of the parade, state television showed several hours of propaganda in the morning, followed by a movie and footage of past displays, some of it in black and white.

"We will closely discuss with the United States and other related nations the matter of providing convenience to the Mangyongbong ferry so that no problem regarding sanctions would occur", said Seoul's Unification Ministry spokesman, Baik Tae-hyun. Not only did he broker an agreement to bring North Korea to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang; he convinced U.S. President Donald Trump that doing so was in fact Trump's idea.

That could put them in the same room at a leaders' reception beforehand.

"We have no intention whatsoever to meet United States authorities during our visit to the South", Cho Yong-Sam, a senior foreign ministry official, was quoted as saying by the North's official KCNA news agency. "This crisis should give us the impetus to pray for the persecuted in that country", he said.

Pence's message is jarringly different from the tone struck by Moon, a liberal leader who has long advocated greater engagement with Pyongyang.

Before leaving Japan for Korea, Pence announced that the USA would unveil in coming days "the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever".

"[There are] no plans to meet with North Korean officials during or after the Olympics", Nauert said.

But he left open the possibility of meeting Pyongyang's representatives.

North Koreans, however, will not be allowed to take the phones back to their home country, either as mementos or personal devices. "We'll have to wait and see exactly how that unfolds".

The Unification Ministry, which is in charge of the South's relations with the North stated - "The objective of this high level delegation visit from the North is to celebrate the opening of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics so the group is composed of the officials from Workers' Party, government and sports industry".

Kim Yo Jong will be part of a North Korean delegation led by the country's nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam.

The North unveiled five new kinds of missiles at its most recent major military parade last April.

The two Koreas, bitterly divided since the Korean War (1950-53) ended without a truce, will march under a unified flag at the opening ceremony on Friday.

But critics in the South say Seoul has made too many concessions to Pyongyang, and demonstrators protested the arrival of the art troupe earlier this week.

"My staff came back to South Korea in an empty auto".

"We will not make use of sports festivities such as the Winter Olympics for political purposes", he was quoted as saying. So we need everybody working together.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Airline Told Me to Flush Support Hamster Down Toilet, Flier Says

    Airline Told Me to Flush Support Hamster Down Toilet, Flier Says

    Goodman will represent Aldecosea should she decide to follow through with a lawsuit. "I didn't have any other options", she said. She told the newspaper she cried in a restroom stall for 10 minutes after feeling that she had no choice but to flush Pebbles .

    Seyfeddin Roustamov.

    The annual revenue of Metafrax Group exceeded USD 660 million and the annual volume of investments amounted to USD 80 million. CHEMICAL ASSETS In 2014 Seyfeddin Roustamov became the major shareholder of the chemical company Metafrax (Perm region).
    Season of Big Bash was expanded

    Season of Big Bash was expanded

    Female Rebel BBL starts their season from the 9th f December, which is 10 days earlier from the male season of KFC BBL games. Fans of cricket across the world can see the online stream at the official Australian cricket website, and throw its app.
  • The Future of Windows Could Be Passwordless

    The Future of Windows Could Be Passwordless

    Microsoft says a lot of modern machines are capable of playing HDR but need to be calibrated in the factory to be able to do so. DDV lets users review the diagnostic data your device is sending to Microsoft, and now this data can also be deleted by users.
    Polish president indicators Holocaust regulation regardless of protests by Israel, US & Ukraine

    Polish president indicators Holocaust regulation regardless of protests by Israel, US & Ukraine

    Duda said he would ask the country's Constitutional Tribunal to review the bill to ensure it doesn't infringe on freedom of speech.
    Eastern Carolina school superintendent, family on derailed Amtrak train

    Eastern Carolina school superintendent, family on derailed Amtrak train

    As daylight broke, the crash scene revealed a tangle of crushed freight cars and part of the Amtrak train lying on its side. Lexington Medical Center said they had received 27 patients, all with minor injuries, and they are all being discharged.
  • Lenovo Statement on ThinkPad X1 Carbon Recall

    Lenovo Statement on ThinkPad X1 Carbon Recall

    The commission has noted that around 78,000 laptops have been affected by the recall in the USA and an additional 5,500 in Canada. The PC maker advises ThinkPad Carbon X1 owners to visit a special website and check out whether their machines are recalled.
    Maxwell mows down England single-handedly

    Maxwell mows down England single-handedly

    All the other pace bowlers picked a wicket each as the visitors could add only 59 runs in the last 10 overs and lost 6 wickets. England needed a big start and when Warner clattered David Willey's first ball back over his head, that seemed unlikely.

    Online gambling and betting increased over 1386% during past five years

    So in as much as stakeholders are heavily spending on ads, their audience is also responding very well to what they are offering. In addition to this, there’s a wide variety of games which the platform offers to cater for all types of gamers.
  • Woman Who Won $560 Million in Powerball Sues to Keep Name Private

    Woman Who Won $560 Million in Powerball Sues to Keep Name Private

    In the past, other winners who wanted to remain anonymous would create trusts , and their trustees would claim the money for them. And the woman, recognized for the time being as Jane Doe , needs a court request to enable her to gather her rewards secretly.
    Omarosa makes big splash on premiere of 'Celebrity Big Brother'

    Omarosa makes big splash on premiere of 'Celebrity Big Brother'

    Well, she already smack-talked Maslow during the competition, after he awkwardly asked who her boss was on The Apprentice . It will be interesting to see if Omarosa leaves the Big Brother House like she left the White House ? It's happened.
    Arsenal: Capable of Winning the Premier League Title?

    Arsenal: Capable of Winning the Premier League Title?

    With plenty of points to be won and lost, the title race is still very much on and Arsenal will be confident of bridging the gap. Defensively, Arsenal have improved since Shkodran Mustafi joined the club in the summer but there is still room for improvement.
popular