Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Winter Olympics Are Heating Up — TheDC Newsroom

Winter Olympics Are Heating Up — TheDC Newsroom

"We're headed to the Olympics, and there may be a possibility for any kind of an encounter with North Koreans, whether it be informal or whether it take the form of a meeting", Pence told reporters in Japan before setting off for South Korea.

The band were expected to perform a mix of South Korean pop songs from the 1980s, as well as North Korean music.

US Vice-President Mike Pence is scheduled to attend the Games' opening ceremony today. Aides say the vice president is advancing a counter message, using the games as an opportunity for the South and the broader worldwide community to exert what President Donald Trump has termed "maximum pressure" against the North.

U.S. President Donald Trump was credited by South Korean officials with spurring the talks through his tough stance on the communist North.

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"As we speak, an estimated 100,000 North Korean citizens labor in modern-day gulags", Pence said Thursday before departing Japan.

Pence's strenuous efforts to highlight the threat from the North and its treatment of its people present a dilemma for Moon. The attack on the South Korean ship left 46 dead. The official didn't want to be named, citing office rules. While she is not subject to targeted sanctions by the U.N. Security Council, the propaganda and agitation department is blacklisted. Unilaterally, the US has also targeted North Korean shipping companies and Chinese trading networks.

Moon has supported US -led sanctions against the North, but he has repeatedly called for dialogue.

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Whether Mr. Pence or Mr. Abe are open to even a brief discussion with the North Koreans is unclear. North Korean officials have a hard time reading political signals from Washington, so frank discussions are crucial. "This program continues. Their ballistic missile testing continues". He added that the policy is backed by "viable military options".

North Korea is under multiple sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, which have seen it develop rockets theoretically capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

Some 140 members of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra were giving their first performance at the Gangneung Art Centre since arriving in the South Tuesday. Abe added that the USA and Japan are "100 percent on the same page" on North Korean policy.

"Explicitly speaking, we have no intention to meet with the USA side during the stay in South Korea".

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Protesters say North Korea, which only confirmed its participation last month, has been allowed to hijack the Pyeongchang Games.

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