North Korea has no intention of meeting US during Olympics: KCNA

North Korea has no intention of meeting US during Olympics: KCNA

North Korea has no intention of meeting US during Olympics: KCNA

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will lunch with the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when he meets North Korea's Olympic delegation on Saturday, his spokesman announced.

The delegations from both Koreas - technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice with neither side victorious - will parade together wearing the same costumes and under a sole flag at Friday's ceremony to open the Games in the southern city of Pyeongchang.

Vice President Mike Pence said: "We'll be there to cheer on our American athletes, but we'll also be there to stand with our allies and remind the world that North Korea is the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet".

The vice president stopped in Tokyo on his way to South Korea where he will lead the United States delegation to the Olympic games and vowed to keep pressure on Pyongyang until it begins a "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization".

"But we should encourage more dialogue between north and south if it leads to North Korea abiding by its global obligations to cease its illegal weapons and nuclear programs".

The North Korean delegation will be headed by its ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, 90, the president of the Supreme People's Assembly, and the most senior official to ever cross the border.

Kim Jong Un might also have seen that U.S. President Donald Trump was sending his daughter, Ivanka, to the Olympics closing ceremony and chose to match the move by sending his sister, said Hong Min, an analyst at Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification.

News reports said 4,000 of the latest $1,100 Samsung smartphones were being given to athletes attending the Winter Games, but athletes from Iran and North Korea would be excluded because of sanctions against the two countries.

Indeed, it is the fear of a successful North Korean propaganda gambit that motivated the USA vice president's attendance.

The United States added Kim to its North Korea sanctions list in January 2017, citing the long list of egregious human rights abuses attributable to Pyongyang. And when did she first appear on the North Korean stage? "But it also needed do tone down its rhetoric and actions as a peace initiative toward South Korea during the Olympics". "But we'll see what happens".

An exemption had allowed the ferry to enter the South Korean port, but South Korea provided clean water only for the performers living on the boat, as officials sought advice on whether the boat could refuel.

Her visit is widely seen as a further attempt to ease tension with South Korea.

However, North Korea also held a massive military parade in Pyongyang on Thursday, raising suspicions in the South over the sudden rapprochement, which follows a series of weapons tests.

"As for whether she or any of the other North Korean delegation members will meet the vice-president or members of our delegation, I will just say we have not requested a meeting, as the vice-president himself noted", Knapper said.

"A nuclear-armed North Korea can never be tolerated", Abe said at a joint press conference after their meeting Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council, which has slapped sanctions on North Korea for its weapons programmes, imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on Choe a year ago when he was vice director of the Workers' Party of Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department.

Believed to have been born in September 1987, she is the youngest daughter of former leader Kim Jong-il to his second mistress Ko Yong-hui. But Pence is trying to keep the focus on North Korea's threatening behavior and continue to pressure the regime with sanctions.

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