United Nations chief calls for denuclearization during brief talk with N.Korean official

11 February, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Wade Massey
  • United Nations chief calls for denuclearization during brief talk with N.Korean official

Kim Yo Jong, top right, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sits alongside Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and behind Mike Pence as she watches the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Following the Parade of Nations, several Winter Olympic traditions will be executed, including: South Korea's head of state declaring the much awaited Winter Olympic games open, the Olympic flag being raised, Olympic oaths taken by an athlete, judge and coach.

Clad in coordinated outfits of red with white and blue accents, North Korea's throng of more than 200 cheerleaders are stealing the spotlight at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in South Korea as they chant, sway and dance in unison.

The vice president and North Koreans are not expected to interact Saturday during events in Pyeongchang, according to a second US official.

Earlier Friday, Pence traveled to the South Korean Navy's 2nd Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, to visit a memorial for the South Korean warship Cheonan, which was sunk by an explosion blamed on the North.

The Opening Ceremony got underway in South Korea on Friday night, but as is customary, NBC aired a curated version of the ceremony in primetime.

Yet despite the seemingly friendly overtures, North Korea has not put away its guns.

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At the age of 30, Kim Yo Jong is likely to be the most powerful woman in North Korea.

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong Un, "courteously" handed over a personal letter from the North Korean leader to Moon during talks on Saturday and also told Moon of her brother's "intention", KCNA said, without elaborating on what that was. "He cheered for the United States of America", a US official said, via CNN.

Moon has been trying to use the games as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea after a period of diplomatic stalemate and eventually pull it into talks over resolving the global standoff over its nuclear program.

The North Korean delegation is set to return home Sunday. That's a missed opportunity, and just as North and South Korean ties are thawing.

There is also a school of thought that the United States put pressure on Abe to attend the opening ceremony as a show of solidarity with Washington, analysts claimed.

"South Korea wants easing of tensions and dialogue with North Korea in order to prevent an outbreak of war due to misjudgment", Mr. Cheong said. The last time a Japanese prime minister visited North Korea was in 2004. "We can not waver in our strategy for Japan, the USA and South Korea to work together to exert maximum pressure".

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