NBC gets nearly 28M TV viewers for Olympic opening ceremony

12 February, 2018, 16:53 | Author: Wade Massey
  • NBC gets nearly 28M TV viewers for Olympic opening ceremony

"There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program", Pence said on Saturday, as quoted by the CNN broadcaster.

But in their meeting Saturday, the South Korean president also asked North Korea to be amenable to talks with the United States, telling Kim Yo Jong that it was "urgent" for Pyongyang and Washington to start resolving their differences.

At the opening ceremonies Friday, Pence sat stone-faced in his seat as Moon and North Korean officials stood together with much of the stadium to applaud their joint team of athletes.

Pence and the North Koreans have been an awkward presence at the Games to say the least.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis also denied rumblings that North Korea could drive a wedge in Washington and Seoul's relationship.

The source added, however, that North Korea could still be willing to work with the United States on a "comprehensive and integrated agreement", under the right conditions -- adding "denuclearization could mean many things", including an agreement to suspend missile and nuclear tests in exchange for limited recognition or acceptance of its nuclear status.

Moon was all smiles as he greeted Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, for lunch at the presidential residence.

The invitation, delivered in person by Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, will likely cause consternation in Washington, where the Trump administration has been leading a campaign to put "maximum pressure" on the Kim regime to give up its nuclear program.

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Also, North Korea sent its own cheerleader squad and an art troupe who are scheduled to perform in the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Moon did not immediately accept the invitation but said he hopes the "right conditions" will be created so it can go ahead.


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The worry is that the varying approaches might soon lead to a rift between South Korea and the United States, leaving Seoul to negotiate with Pyongyang on its own.

South Korea has yet to announce a confirmed schedule for the North Korean delegates aside of their participation in the opening ceremony and Saturday's luncheon with Moon.

North Korea's leader, Kim, once dismissed as an inexperienced figurehead, has quickly built a reputation as a ruthless dictator at home and a wily strategist in handling North Korea's external enemies. In a handwritten invitation, Kim invited South Korea President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang. "It is important to move forward with the drills as planned", Japanese Prime Minister's Shinzo Abe told Moon in what appeared to be an awkward encounter, the Blue House said.

"The president (of the IOC, Thomas Bach, ) nearly as a bridge sat between the president of the Republic of Korea and the honorary head of state of the DPRK last night and they were talking throughout the hockey", Adams said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

As the Winter Olympics formally opened with Friday's Opening Ceremonies, the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee said its servers were being hacked by an unidentified attacker. It served as the focal point of a charm offensive created to counter the USA narrative that Kim Jong-un is a madman who tortures his own people and would blow up Los Angeles or New York City if he didn't get his way.

He didn't say what those conditions were, but he urged North Korea to open a dialogue with the United States, suggesting no diplomatic progress could be made without US participation.

An early shot by North Korea's Han Soojin might have made a statement, if not altered the outcome.

"All the parties concerned have welcomed this invitation to North Korea.", he said.

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