North Korea’s political leader Kim Jong-un expresses “satisfaction” over the visit by his sister Kim Yo-jong and other North Korean government officials to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics amid warming relations between the two Koreas.
The omission signals the precarious nature of the offer, with both South Korea and the USA demanding Pyongyang consider making concessions on its nuclear programme as a part of any future talks.
He also said that Mr Trump offered USA help to Russian Federation in investigating a fatal plane crash on Sunday which killed all 71 people on board.
Their wide-ranging intelligence report also said North Korea will likely conduct more missile tests this year and not negotiate away its nuclear capabilities.
Ji said Trump’s gesture raised worldwide awareness of their fight to escape the North, as well as grim situations facing other North Koreans. “We’ve got to remind people that this is a awful regime, and as an Aussie, I need to take the piss out of them”.
The comments represent a departure from the Trump administration’s previous stance that North Korea must first agree to discuss giving up its nuclear weapons before talks began.
“North Korea clearly appears to be winning the gold”, said Kim Sung-han, who served as Korea’s vice foreign minister in 2012-2013 and who now teaches at Seoul’s Korea University.
“The visit shows that North Korea has a strong will to improve inter-Korean relations and that Pyongyang can make unprecedented and bold measures if deemed necessary”, the ministry said. The dictator [Kim Jong Un]’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and the country’s 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, were seated a row behind.
During a three-day visit, the delegation members sat among world dignitaries including the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the opening ceremony of Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, had lunch with Moon at his presidential palace and joined Moon in cheering for the first-ever inter-Korean Olympic team as it debuted in the women’s ice hockey tournament.
In an interview with AFP on Monday, Bach dismissed fears North Korea was using the Games for political purposes, calling their participation a purely sporting matter.
Vice President Mike Pence said the US has agreed to terms with South Korea on a diplomatic approach that could bring about talks with North Korea without preconditions in short order.
“We will all remain united in our shared commitment that the Kim regime in North Korea must permanently abandon their nuclear weapons program to see it dismantled, to accept denuclearization before there is any progress whatsoever on the pressure on the sanctions”, he said.
“Moon told me at the skating rink that he told [the North Koreans], ‘You’ve got to talk to the Americans, ‘ ” Pence said.