Japan anxious Korean thaw will melt united front against Pyongyang


Our media's hatred of President Trump, and of conservatives like Pence, runs so deep that it will shower praise on anyone who can be used as a foil, even a top associate of a murderous tyrant. Kim Yo Jong offered an invitation from her brother for Moon to visit the North, in the strongest sign yet of an expanding diplomatic opening opposed by the U.S. That challenge is set to intensify when the Olympics end.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who looked uncomfortable at times during the opening ceremony, irritated his hosts by telling the South Korean leader that joint South Korea-U.S. military drills should be promptly resumed after the Games. For example, the sanctions imposed in September 2017 on textiles, coal, and other exports are said to have reduced North Korean exports by 90 per cent. In pushing for a summit with Moon, Kim is seeking to consolidate those gains while maintaining his nuclear arsenal to deter a US invasion.

"I went to North Korea and witnessed how the standards of living there improved". "Let's not whitewash North Korea's record". Pence was not about to allow an actual breakthrough.

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The vice president's visit was also marked by bad blood between Pence and some USA athletes.

The article centers on North Korea's surprise decision to send Kim Yo Jong as part of its delegation to the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the "diplomatic dance" she's performed at the Olympics thus far. Standing in front of the Cheonan, I asked Pence whether he had been able to find common ground with Moon during their Thursday evening bilateral meeting and dinner. He said they had. Many South Koreans, meanwhile, who have been threatened with war for decades and saw 50 of their citizens killed in attacks blamed on North Korea in 2010, will be deeply wary of any deal that does not provide real security. But interestingly, Pence also suggested that during their bilateral discussions he and Moon had agreed on terms for moving forward.

"It seems clear", he said, "that the countries have entered a phase of restoring a regular level of contact". Even now Moon's government has to maneuver between various positions, as reflected in the contrasting statements the president gives when addressing different audiences, the expert said. "The world cannot turn a blind eye to the oppression & threats of the Kim regime". The idea is, there will be no progress on negotiations without first seeing progress on denuclearization. Meanwhile, sanctions will continue to be strengthened. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRubio on push for paid family leave: "We still have to work on members of my own party" National ad campaign pushes Congress to pass legislation lowering drug prices Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA MORE (R-Utah), took aim at CNN for what he called "Walter Duranty-level" coverage of North Korea - a reference to the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief who came under fire in the 1930s for denying the existence of a state-orchestrated starvation by the Soviet government.

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It was a raucous and historic night mixing sports and politics on an worldwide stage for a second straight night in this remote region of South Korea. North Korea has to make some concessions about its nuclear weapons. This was not supposed to be, as some in Seoul grumble, the "Pyongyang Games", a play on the North Korean capital's phonetic similarity to Pyeongchang. A senior White House official described Pence's tact as ignoring the North Koreans, but not avoiding them.

The North's presence has dominated the headlines in the early days of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. His campaign begins with South Korea, where he is attempting to use ethnic nationalism to drive a wedge between that country and its USA ally and potentially even to convince it to abandon the alliance altogether.

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