N KOREA holds military parade ahead of Winter Olympics

N KOREA holds military parade ahead of Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics delegation visit is reportedly the first by any member of the North Korean dynastic family to South Korea.

Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the North's leader, and her entourage, will travel by private jet to Seoul'sIncheon International Airport on Friday, North Korea told the South.

Following Moon's statement, Pence told reporters that there were "many issues to discuss" between the US and South Korea, chief among which is "our shared objective of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". "And we will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile program once and for all".

The holiday, which is observed by South and North Korea, celebrates the countries' independence from Japan.

(The U.S.is said to have an "old" Olympic team with an average age of 27.) Kim Jong-il, father of both Kim Jong-un and Kim Yo-Jon, held the highest office in North Korea (officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the DPRK) from 1997 until his death in 2011.

Pyongyang told Seoul that Choe, chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, would travel to Pyeongchang as part of its delegation led by Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state, Seoul's Unification Ministry said on Wednesday.

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.

The North Korean and US delegations are both expected to attend a reception hosted by Moon ahead of the opening ceremony for the Games, but North Korea's foreign ministry has said there will be no meeting with Pence.

1 of 9 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and his wife Ri Sol Ju arrive at a military parade in Pyongyang on February 8, 2018.


Meanwhile, Vice President Pence arrived in South Korea and met with President Moon Jae In and called on him to pursue a more hawkish approach to his belligerent neighbor across the border and ignore its "propaganda".

But privately, officials said Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea.

And Pence's personal guest at the games will be Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American who died a year ago days after his release from captivity in North Korea.

"Our resolve to stand with you is unshakable", Pence said, according to CNN.

"A college student, who simply went on tour [to the North], fell into a coma [in captivity] and died soon after he was sent back home".

North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

By placing an emphasis on its poor human rights record, Kim said, the U.S.is providing another reason for the global community to apply pressure on North Korea.

In opening remarks during his meeting with Moon, Pence said the United States would never waver in its goal of getting North Korea to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programme through strong pressure, an aim shared with South Korea.

"[The. U.S.] is now raising the alarm that human rights violations in North Korea are serious".

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