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When the North says "unification" they mean final victory over the South, the destruction of a prosperous democracy, and the enslavement of 50 million more Koreans to the Kim cult.

The editorial said that it appears the U.S.is "unhappy about the detente on Korean peninsula", and it wished to destabilize the improving relations between North and South Korea.

While on his way home from the Winter Games, Pence said the USA would continue its "maximum pressure campaign" against the North, but would simultaneously consider talks between the nations.

Washington calls it a campaign of "maximum pressure". "Do you want to make Pyeongchang Olympics a "lie Olympics"?" he asked.

North Korea is subject to heavy United Nations and USA sanctions created to pressure the reclusive, one-party state to abandon its development of nuclear and ballistic missiles. Pence had previously warned that North Korea would try to "hijack the message and imagery" of the Olympics and stressed that the world shouldn't let North Korea hide behind the Olympic banner.

This is the Joint Security Area in the DMZ - that's the border between North and South Korea.

Pyongyang toned down its rhetoric and sent not only athletes to compete in the winter Olympics in South Korea but even dispatched its nominal head of state to the opening ceremony.

The meeting comes a day after the North's delegation, including leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo-jong, met South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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Vice president Mike Pence said in a newspaper interview the US and South Korea have agreed on terms for further diplomatic engagement with North Korea, first with Seoul and then possibly leading to direct talks with Washington without pre-conditions.

Mr Pence confirmed that the US and South Korea had agreed on the terms of further diplomatic engagement with North Korea, first with Seoul before potentially leading to direct talks with Washington. Kim Yo Jong (top right), sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was seated just a few feet away.

Past administrations have been wary of efforts by Pyongyang to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul, but still generally supportive of efforts to calm tensions at the heavily militarized border that divides the Koreas.

"After checking with a North Korean official at the scene, it has been confirmed that there was no such meaning whatsoever, as assumed in the report", it said in a statement on Saturday night.

Past "charm offensives" have been interpreted as North Korea trying to recoup from crippling sanctions on their nuclear program, or trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its United States ally.

North Korea, which persistently seeks for the drills to be suspended, will undoubtedly put further pressure on South Korea.

Ed Henry reacted to a CNN post that claimed "Kim Jong Un's Sister Is Stealing the Show at the Winter Olympics", calling it "disgusting" and "absurd".

"I would like to know what President Moon thinks about the cheer gear featuring the image of Kim Il-sung", an internet user wrote on a petition on South Korean President Moon Jae-in's website. Conservative groups have protested the appearance of North Korean athletes at the Games in Pyeongchang with vulgar signs.

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