Pence: Allies remain united on N. Korea

Pence: Allies remain united on N. Korea

"With a smile, a handshake and a warm message in South Korea's presidential guest book, Kim Yo Jong has struck a chord with the public just one day into the Pyeongchang Games", the story read.

South Korean men's hockey players practice at Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 11, 2018, in preparation for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Earlier South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon had hosted a lunch for the Pyongyang delegation at a five-star hotel.

"Dizzying" is how one South Korean newspaper described the diplomatic typhoon swirling over the Korean Peninsula, with all the big players seemingly wanting different things and Moon, at times, the only calm in the storm. The North Korean delegation also included the country's 90-year-old head of state, Kim Yong Nam. Kim Yo Jong is 28 years old, according to the US government. "I don't know", he said. "I thought things would be odd and very different, but I found a lot of things being similar", Kim said while proposing a toast at Sunday's dinner, according to Moon's office. "It will be hard for the allies to resume their military exercises during summit planning".

The conservative Dong-A Ilbo warned that South Korea may lose the trust of the United States and Japan as it courts North Korea for talks, and that the North, knowing that Seoul and Washington plan to resume war games in March, "may deploy a strategy of using the Moon Jae-in government as a shield from the United States".

"The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization", Pence said. Throw in there the accusations that South Korea has had to arrange huge payouts for past meetings, and that these earlier encounters, while certainly producing indelible images, have done little to slow North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons. It was built in the 1960s under the government of late anti-communist dictator Park Chung-hee as a luxury facility for US troops stationed in South Korea. But he also encouraged North Korea to "actively pursue" dialogue with the United States. They were whisked back and forth between Seoul and the Olympic towns of Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

Pence: Allies remain united on N. Korea
Pence: Allies remain united on N. Korea

Pence did say, however, that Moon shared with him details of his meeting with North Korean leaders, without elaborating. Saturday's game ended in a crushing 8-0 loss to Switzerland. "Going to Pyongyang unconditionally would be a really bad development, and I think would anger the US Trump administration, and cause real concern with the US that Moon may give too much away". "But the Olympic moment that President Moon is trying to generate here is not a time to nurse those grievances".

Any summit between the two still-officially warring Koreas would be a coup for Moon, who has been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

He said the Koreas should create an environment so that a summit could take place.

"The Ivanka Trump of North Korea".

North Korea's participance in the games in union with South Korea is significant in that it opens a door for a possible peace agreement and reunification of the Korean Peninsula in the future.

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".

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