Pence says stock market plunge is 'ebb and flow'

Pence says stock market plunge is 'ebb and flow'

"And we will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs once and for all", Pence said.

"Missile defense is essential to our national defense", Pence said before a briefing with U.S. Northern Command at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.

"If Trump does not get rid of his anachronistic and dogmatic way of thinking, it will only bring about the effect of further endangering security and future of the United States", the government said in comments carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

Pence also was set to discuss the ballistic missile defense system, which includes dozens of interceptor missiles at Fort Greely in the Interior created to guard against the type of nuclear attack that the North Korean regime has threatened in the past.

He has not directly ruled out holding a meeting with officials from North Korea, which is expected to send Kim Yong Nam, the ceremonial head of state and sister of leader Kim Jong Un.

The almost identical comments by Pence and Tillerson expressing openness to a meeting with the North Koreans appeared deliberate and coordinated.

Peter Landers, the Tokyo Bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, tells NPR's Morning Edition "it's hard to imagine that is something that the US would aggressively pursue" at Pyeongchang.

Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who was jailed in North Korea and died a year ago after returning to the United States in a coma, will be Pence's designated special guest at the opening ceremony.

Vice President Mike Pence is departing Washington on Monday on a six-day Asia swing including a visit to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Landers tells NPR that the presence of Warmbier "could actually pour cold water on any suggestion that Vice President Pence would have any meetings with officials from the North Korean regime". Speaking to reporters after a briefing with top United States military commanders on missile defense, he vowed not to allow North Korea to use "the powerful symbolism and the backdrop of the Winter Olympics to paper over the truth about their regime".

Pence says stock market plunge is 'ebb and flow'

Sanctions passed by the United Nations in December a year ago cut exports of gasoline, diesel and other refined oil products to North Korea by a total of 89%.

From Tokyo, Pence will visit Seoul for talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in before traveling to Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony of the Olympic games.

South Korea accepting North Korea's offer to send its artists to the games by sea has triggered debate in the South, where conservatives saw the move as a sure-fire sign that the North is trying to use the Olympics to ease pressure against the country. It also banned the export of industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to North Korea, and required countries now hosting North Korean migrant workers to repatriate them within 24 months.

"And that is that North Korea must once and for all abandon its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile ambitions".

Moon noted that the Lithuanian president's trip to South Korea created an opportunity to greatly improve his country's relationship with not only Lithuania but with the three Baltic states that include Estonia and Latvia.

Only then, he stressed, could North Korea take its place among the family of nations. "What North Korea would not want to have is a united front against it", he says.

The president is also likely to tap into the possibility of talks between Washington and Pyongyang to seek a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis.

The president will have dinner with Pence at the presidential office, who is set to arrive in the country with his wife on Thursday, leading the US presidential delegation to the Olympics.

"We'll be telling the truth about North Korea at every stop", Pence said in Alaska before heading to Asia.

With a possible meeting hanging in the air, Pence, for a third time, held out the prospect of better relations.



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