Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Koreas have come a long way since 1988 Seoul Olympics

Koreas have come a long way since 1988 Seoul Olympics Koreas have come a long way since 1988 Seoul Olympics
Nellie Chapman | 08 February, 2018, 14:56

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said he has not ruled out the possibility of meeting with North Korean officials at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea.

Since then the North has agreed to take part in the South's Winter Olympics with a combined women's ice hockey team from both sides, and Kim Yo Jong, the 28-year-old sister of the North Korean leader, will attend the opening ceremony.

"We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Japan, the people of South Korea and our allies and partners across the region until we achieve the global objective of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", he was quoted as saying.

The stance on North Korea of President Donald Trump, whose war of words with Kim Jong Un has quieted lately, has not changed, White Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said most recently in December.

Analysts say the North is looking to portray itself as a normal country with its participation in the Games, and could be trying to weaken the sanctions regime against it or drive a wedge between the South and its protecting ally the US.

Believed to have been born in 1987, she is the youngest daughter of late leader Kim Jong-il and is Kim Jong-un's full sister. They were born to the same mother, Ko Yong Hui.

Cho addressed Trump's predilection for bombastic speech in declining any chance to meet with Pence or the USA delegation while in South Korea.

Pence met with President Moon Jae-in to advocate a clear-eyed approach toward his bellicose, nuclear-armed neighbor, warning against North Korean "propaganda" around the games. On Wednesday, Pence announced the US would again ramp up economic sanctions aimed at starving the regime of resources.

Meanwhile, IOC President Thomas Bach is hoping for a repeat of the 2000 Olympics, when North and South Korean athletes made an emotional entry together into Sydney's Olympic stadium.

Kim Jong-Un is the third generation of the dynasty to lead the country, after his father Kim Jong-Il and grandfather Kim Il-Sung, the North's founder.

Meanwhile, Pyongyang, which did not allow foreign media to visit North Korea to cover Thursday's military parade, has so far shown no signs of abandoning its nuclear and missile programs. "We'll be ensuring that whatever cooperation that's existing between North and South Korea today on Olympic teams does not cloud the reality of a regime that must continue to be isolated by the world community".

Earlier, Pence visited a Japanese Patriot PAC-3 missile battery, Japan's last line of defense against any possible North Korean missile strike.

It is not immediately known how much oil was requested or whether fulfillment of the request would be in breach of a United Nations resolution passed previous year meant to limit the import of refined petroleum to North Korea.

As his personal guest at the opening ceremony of the games, Pence invited Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American who died previous year days after his release from captivity in North Korea. Warmbier and his wife were among President Trump's guests at the State of the Union last month.

"I have not requested a meeting, but we'll see what happens", he said.

The price tag of a 64-gigabyte Galaxy Note 8 normally sits at around 1.09 million won (US$1,045) in South Korea.

North Korea is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Korean People's Army (KPA).