Saturday, 19 January, 2019

North Korea 'Canceled' Planned Meeting With US VP Pence In South Korea

Han Seo-hee Han Seo-hee 30 a North Korean defector living in South Korea Lee Jae-Won Reuters
Kristopher Love | 22 February, 2018, 06:36

Following on her ministry's comments, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told lawmakers in the assembly: "To this end, the government will make efforts through various channels to persuade the North to come out for talks with the U.S. and also discuss detailed ways with the United States on a possible resumption of bilateral talks". Pence was leading the U.S. delegation in the Pyeongchang Winter Games. This showcase of athletic ability for their countries will mean far more now that tensions are so high.

Reactions to this ranged from a brighter outlook to sheer mistrust.

In response to Abe's request, Moon said, "it was a matter of South Korea's sovereignty and its domestic affairs" and noted that it would not be appropriate for Abe to directly mention the issue.

Researchers at the U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye said the state-connected Reaper hacking organisation, which it dubbed APT37, has targeted aerospace, telecommunications, and financial companies in recent years, disrupting networks and businesses around the world.

As the vice president left Asia, he revealed that the U.S.is ready to meet with North Korea, but he also made clear that the maximum pressure campaign will continue until the USA sees changes in North Korea's behavior.

Kim Yong-hyun of Dongguk University said it showed "the Kim Jong-un regime has ended its co-existence with the remnants of the previous Kim Jong-il regime by carrying out a generational replacement in the party's key elite posts".

"President Trump said that I could notify him at any time if help was needed in the process of carrying out inter-Korean dialogue and that he supported me 100 percent", Moon told the magazine Monocle in an interview published on Thursday.

North Korea may make its Masikryong ski resort available for the Games, said Chang.

Earlier, South Korean President Moon Jae In had rejected the call by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the resumption of joint military drills. What he has in mind may be preliminary discussions - talking about talks - to feel the other side out.

Kim Yo Jong is one of the select members of the elite in North Korea who enjoys a lavish lifestyle while the vast majority of the populace lives in abject poverty.

The Olympics have since seen a charm offensive by Pyongyang, which dispatched athletes, cheerleaders and its leader's sister Kim Yo Jong to attend the Games.

He was joined by Kim Yo Jong, who serves as first vice director of the Workers' Party of Korea's (WPK) Propaganda and Agitation Department (PAD), as well as Chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee Choe Hwi and Chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) Ri Son Gwon.