North Korea sends top official to Seoul as tensions 'thaw'


But I'll also be there to deliver a message: the era of strategic patience is OVER.

The ship operated a ferry between North Korea's eastern port city of Wonsan and the Japanese port of Niigata until July 2006, when the Japanese government banned its entry following a DPRK missile test.

In Alaska, Pence will tour missile defence facilities. In Japan, he will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United States service members.

Pence stopped at a USA base in Alaska on his way to Asia on Monday. "And also about the build up of the military here in Alaska, the new additional money coming through Alaska for 22 more intercept missiles".

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It is not known whether Mr Kim will attend the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday evening in the mountain resort of Pyeongchang, where he would potentially be rubbing shoulders with US Vice-President Mike Pence and other global leaders.

"He & his wife remind the world of the atrocities happening in N Korea", Pence tweeted Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he hopes "something good" can come from North Korea's participation, but his advisers see North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's embrace of the Games as a facade of global goodwill and cooperation.

The letter accused the US of seeking to make a preemptive military strike against North Korea, even as the country pursues diplomacy with South Korea and prepares to compete alongside its southern neighbor in the Olympic games.

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By tapping Kim as chief delegate for the Olympics, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Pyongyang has shown to Seoul its "willingness to improve South-North relations and make the Games a successful event".

"Out of their limited boundary of their country or the boundaries of information they were brainwashed into and they see the real world and they might have a few more things to consider", tour guide Dongmin Goh, who guarded that border during the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, told CTV News.

The North Koreans' participation is part of a series of conciliatory measures the war-separated rivals took for the Pyeongchang Games.

The troupe were seen off from a train station in the North Korean capital Pyongyang by officials including supreme leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Ms Yo Jong, smiling broadly and wearing a black coat and grey fur scarf. It is still "in talks" with the White House, its officials said. The plan centers around rallying the worldwide community to further isolate North Korea both diplomatically and economically.

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Her visit to PyeongChang - should Trump indeed proceed - is taking place shortly after South Korea witnessed the emergence of its own kind of #MeToo movement, following a female prosecutor's public accusation against a former senior Justice Ministry official of sexually harassing her in the past.