North Korea pressing ahead with military parade

North Korea pressing ahead with military parade

Pence was addressing United States troops at Yokota Air Base in Japan before departing for South Korea to attend the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics slated to begin on Friday, reports Efe news.

It is now said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is sending his younger sister to the Winter Olympics in South Korea as part of the team of important delegates, the South's Unification Ministry said Wednesday.

Vice President Mike Pence will deride any notion of normalizing North Korea's relationships with the outside world while he leads the U.S. delegation at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this week.

"We have no intention whatsoever to meet U.S. 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.

Skeptics say the North's outreach to the South over the Olympics is an attempt at weakening US -led sanctions and pressure against the country and at buying more time to advance its nuclear weapons and missiles development.

He also said any engagement would include his ultimate message that North Korea must abandon its nuclear ambitions, an issue Pyongyang insists is not up for negotiation.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attending the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang.

Pyongyang on Monday informed Seoul that Kim Yong Nam, the highest-level North Korean official among those traveling to the South, would be its chief delegate to the PyeongChang Olympics.

Her presence creates a diplomatic protocol headache, as the VIP seating plan for the opening ceremony looks likely to place Pence and Kim just metres apart, The Guardian says.

TOKYO--Still on his way to Friday's opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Vice-Pres.

The interim U.S. envoy said Washington supported North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Games as it would allow the country's leaders to see "what good things accrue when they decide to rejoin the global community and make the right decisions". "It's still a big mystery, where Pyeongchang is", said Ed Hula, editor-in-chief of the Olympics news site Around the Rings.

Kim Jong-un's army of cheerleading bombshells arrive ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games 2018.

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The more hawkish view is the North Koreans are taking a conciliatory stance to put pressure on the alliance between the US and South Korea. That in itself is a major development - she is one of his closest confidants, holds a senior party position and her trip would mark the first time any member of the ruling Kim family has visited the South since the Korean War.

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