Pence Says North Korea Must Give Up Nukes before Talks

Pence Says North Korea Must Give Up Nukes before Talks

And like the ceremony, North and South leaders spent long moments in close proximity. "The vice president will remind the world that anything the North Koreans do during the Olympics is a charade to disguise the reality of the oppression inside North Korea".

Rory Carroll, sports correspondent for Reuters covering the Olympics in South Korea.

Moon greeted and shook hands with Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, at a reception for leader-level guests visiting the country to attend the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics.

North and South Korea speak the same language based on the Hangeul alphabet, but differences have emerged since the 1950-53 conflict which left the two sides at a technical state of war.

"If you imagine that they just wear like we do and walk around here, we won't recognize they are North Koreans", he said.

"The vice president is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions", Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said when asked about the developments. Eager to differentiate, provincial authorities have since re-branded the South Korean ski resort as "PyeongChang", using an upper-case "C".

Last year, Moon's administration offered to donate US$8 million (RM31.4 million) to two United Nations humanitarian programmes working in North Korea.

From the detonation of its hydrogen bomb to test firing an ICBM, North Korea's Kim Jong-un has dictated the course and pace of the crisis.

The shadow of a nuclear war may still hang over the Winter Olympics in South Korea this week, but Pyongyang's decision to send its athletes rather than sappers and saboteurs has calmed fears about a violent disruption.

Neither approach inspired a goal from the home team, which went down 0-8, but it was clear who connected with the mainly young South Korean fans, who have grown up physically separated from the poor, one-party state to the North.

Jerry Brewer of The Washington Post
Jerry Brewer of The Washington Post

The IOC first urged North and South Korean sports officials to meet in 1963, a time when East and West Germany had created a joint Olympic squad.

So far, police have kept the two at a safe distance. But, when they met on their shared border, the heavily fortified demilitarised zone, the talks quickly devolved into mutual recriminations. The South also made a key concession, agreeing that each Korea should contribute the same number of players.

"I realize "Nam nam buk nyeo" is absolutely right", Lee said, referring to an age-old Korean phrase that says handsome men are down south while lovely women are up north. The North receded into deeper isolation during a devastating starvation.

Still, it wouldn't be South Korea if people weren't asking the perennial question when it comes to North Korea changing gears and showering its rival with apparent affection: What's in it for Pyongyang?

Diplomatic sources with deep knowledge of North Korea's activities told CNN that despite outwardly positive signs and indications of a "charm offensive" from Pyongyang, what's "unclear and bizarre" is there has not been any concurrent diplomatic movement from North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

While a summit in Pyongyang would signal warming ties on the peninsula, it also risks driving a wedge in the alliance between the USA and South Korea. They thought it would deprive South Korean athletes of playing time.

She said the team has compiled its own "dictionary" of different ice hockey terms to better communicate with each other.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said Friday that the Mangyongbong-92 will return to the North on Saturday. But it is so unprecedented, and its announcement on Thursday was so sudden, that rumors are already swirling it could open the door to much more - perhaps even an offer for Moon to travel to Pyongyang, the North's capital.

The North's orchestra will stage its second and last performance in Seoul on Sunday.

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