Kim Jong Un's sister departs South Korea

12 February, 2018, 09:32 | Author: Sammy Rose
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For nearly a week, Vice-President Mike Pence has been walking a fine line. The letter was delivered by the younger sister of the leader of North Korea, reports Reuters. That challenge is set to intensify when the Olympics end.

Russia, which has been banned from the Games for doping, said days before the opening ceremony that any allegations linking Russian hackers to attacks on the infrastructure connected to the Pyeongchang Olympic Games were unfounded.

Mr Pence stayed seated when South and North Korean athletes marched together under a unified flag, and also skipped a dinner with the North Korean delegation. "I think North Koreans and South Koreans were all together as one family, and we come from the same root".

"The whole world's watching". The U.S. and the North should quickly resume dialogue, he said.

South Korea's principal opposition party, the Liberty Korea Party, was not impressed.

For hours Saturday, South Korean media was abuzz over the contents of a mysterious blue folder carried by the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to her lunch date with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Moon replied: "Our meeting was precious". He said they had. "Moon should be aware that he has to urge denuclearisation to North Korea by himself, not depending on dialogue between the US and North Korea", an editorial in the Yomiuri Newspaper read.

Hundreds of protestors gathered in Seoul on Sunday to vent their anger at what they called the "Pyongyang Games".

"President Moon and I reflected last night on the need to do something fundamentally different".

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U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership traded insults and threats of nuclear war as tensions rose, with Trump repeatedly dismissing the prospect or value of talks with North Korea. What exactly would qualify as progress is left intentionally ambiguous.

The invitation puts Mr Moon in a hard position as he had promised to engage with the North, but his U.S. ally is cautious of Seoul falling for North Korea's charm offensive. -South Korea joint exercises planned for April.

South Korea showed off its technical expertise with a dazzling gala opening ceremony on Friday which included state-of-the-art special effects and augmented reality to add extra impact for TV viewers.

A Kyodo News Agency poll also found that 53 per cent of Japanese favoured ramping up pressure to make the North give up its nuclear and missile programmes.

On one side of the arena, North Korea's cheerleaders made noise from the opening face-off.

But if Pyongyang plays ball, the Trump administration will be put to an unavoidable choice between sitting down with the Kim regime under what are sure to be imperfect circumstances or sticking to its demands and further alienating the Moon government.

Accepting North Korea's demand to transport more than 100 members of the art troupe by sea, South Korea treated the Mangyongbong-92 ferry as an exemption to the maritime sanctions it imposed on the North, a controversial move amid concerns that the North is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in worldwide sanctions.

The North only agreed last month to attend its first Olympics in the South, but each time Pyongyang considers sending a delegation to a sporting event in South Korea drama often seems to follow.

Pence was scheduled to leave for the United States on Saturday night.



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