Kim Jong Un holds military parade before start of Olympics

09 February, 2018, 04:59 | Author: Diane Mills
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"We clearly state that we don't have a willingness to meet with the U.S. side during our visit to South Korea".

Others waved a distorted image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un photoshopped to resemble a demonic boar.

Each wore a stunning red coat with matching fur hats, collars and cuffs.

Mr. Pence will attend the Games with the father of Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was imprisoned by North Korea, then died suddenly when he was returned to his family a year ago.

She will be part of a high-level 22-member delegation that experts say is part of a campaign to fix relations with South Korea and begin talks with the U.S.to ease sanctions on the isolated communist regime.

On Wednesday, the North announced that Kim Yo Jong, the sister of dictator Kim Jong Un, would attend the games, joining the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam.

During the parade, it displayed the Hwasong-14 and -15 intercontinental ballistic missiles that are thought capable of reaching the USA mainland.

"President Moon plans to hold a meeting and have lunch with the North Korean delegation on February 10", the spokesman told a press briefing.

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He has also been a vocal critic of any use of military force against North Korea, which is being considered as an option in the Trump administration. "It's our Olympics and we can't wave the South Korean flag".

A United Nations Security Council committee granted approval on Thursday for a North Korean delegation, specifically U.N. -sanctioned senior official Choe Hwi, to travel to South Korea for the opening of the Winter Olympics, diplomats said.

The arrival of the Mangyongbong 92 cruise ship was met by hordes of reporters and cameramen - and a small but boisterous protest by a group of South Koreans who oppose the last-minute agreement allowing North Korea to join in the games, which open on Friday.

Pence told reporters that despite disagreements over how to approach North Korea, the state of the alliance between the US and South Korea is "strong".

But the North's KCNA news agency reported a senior foreign ministry official as saying: "We have never begged for dialogue with the U.S. nor in the future, too".

"There may be a possibility for any kind of an encounter with North Koreans, whether it be informal or whether it take the form of a meeting", he said.

The band were expected to perform a mix of South Korean pop songs from the 1980s, as well as North Korean music.

He also ratcheted up his rhetoric on the North's human rights abuses in a speech to USA service members at Yokota Air Base in Japan. "As I said, we'll have to wait and see exactly how that unfolds". "Those who dare raise their voices in dissent are imprisoned, tortured and even murdered, and their children and grandchildren are routinely punished for their family's sins against the state".

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