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Military parade in N. Korea on eve of Olympics

09 February, 2018, 03:45 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • An unidentified rocket is displayed during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang

Pence began his trip with a visit to Alaska, where he received a briefing on the U.S. missile defense system with U.S. Northern Command and highlighted the upcoming deployment of an additional 20 ground-based interceptors that will be ready to respond to a North Korean launch.

Pence declined to offer specifics on exactly what the new package of sanctions would consist of.

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Senior Pyongyang Foreign Ministry official Cho Yong Sam, however, said the North had no intention of meeting U.S. officials during the trip.

Han was invited by Moon and Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, to attend the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Friday.

"There's some diplomatic tensions brewing here though, because, you know, the Vice President said we're going to be sending some very strong messages toward North Korea", Enjeti explained. In addition to showing support for our US athletes, the Vice President will show his confidence in and appreciation for our USA military stationed in the region.

Speaking on the conditional of anonymity to describe private conversations, the officials said Moon and Pence agreed that the goal of any opening with North Korea must be denuclearization - even if there are differences in how they'd like to get there.

With Pyongyang on an Olympics-linked publicity drive - sending a troupe of performers, hundreds of female cheerleaders and the sister of leader Kim Jong-Un to the South - Mr Pence said the United States "will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games".

She will become the first member of the North's ruling family to visit the South.

The high-level North Korean delegation, headed by Kim Yong Nam, the North's ceremonial head of state, will arrive in South Korea on Friday on a special plane to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics later in the day.

But the North's KCNA news agency reported a senior foreign ministry official as saying: "We have never begged for dialogue with the USA nor in the future, too".

"We are not going to use such a sports festival as the Winter Olympics as a political lever", the official reportedly said.

Among Pence's guests at the Winter Games will be Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier-an American student who died days after his release from detention in North Korea previous year.

However, Seoul has hinted at attempting to forge closer relations with Pyongyang, saying today the South would be open to discussing resuming tours to North Korea's Mount Kumgang once the security of tourists was guaranteed and conditions relating to North Korea's nuclear programme were met.

"I have the honor to inform you that following due consideration, the committee has chose to approve the requested exemption" from February 9-11 in accordance with the latest sanctions resolution adopted unanimously in December which allows for case-by-case exemptions, the letter says.


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