World US won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea

01:36  06 february  2018
01:36  06 february  2018 Source:   afp.com

Seoul: North Korea cancels pre-Olympic joint cultural event

  Seoul: North Korea cancels pre-Olympic joint cultural event South Korea on Tuesday expressed regret over North Korea's cancellation of one of the joint cooperation projects planned for next month's Winter Olympics, a development highlighting the delicate nature of ties between the rivals split for seven decades. In a message sent over a cross-border communication channel, South Korea demanded the North to fulfill mutual agreements over a set of conciliatory gestures to mark the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.North Korea on Monday night sent a message saying it won't hold a joint cultural event at the North's Diamond Mountain on Feb.

Lima, Feb 6 Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today. Washington has previously said it won ' t seek to initiate contact with North Koreans attending the South Korean

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. "With respect to the vice president's trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea , I think we 'll just see," he told reporters.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week © Provided by AFP US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week

Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday.

Washington has previously said it won't seek to initiate contact with North Koreans attending the South Korean games, but it does want talks with Kim Jong-Un in an effort to get him to abandon his nuclear program.

Asked during a visit to Peru whether Pence might accept an invitation to meet the North Korea delegation, Tillerson – who is pushing for a diplomatic solution to the crisis – would not rule it out.

North Korea defends military parade before Olympics

  North Korea defends military parade before Olympics North Korea on Saturday defended its plan to stage a military parade the day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South. Pyongyang plans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military on February 8.The annual parade was held on April 25 for years, but the government announced last month that starting this year, it would take place on February 8."Nobody has the right to take issue" with the event, said Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.

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"With respect to the vice president's trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea, I think we'll just see," he told reporters.

Pushed on whether that meant he was not saying "no," Tillerson replied: "We'll see, we'll see what happens."

Pence is visiting Alaska, Tokyo and Seoul before attending the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang on Friday.

This is Pence's second visit to the region as vice president and comes as President Donald Trump's administration is working to put "maximum pressure" on the North Korean regime through diplomacy and sanctions.

Washington wants to prevent leader Kim's engineers from marrying their proven ballistic missile and nuclear capabilities, which would put the continental United States within striking distance.

Trump has repeatedly said he would not allow this to happen, and as both sides have traded warlike rhetoric, fears have grown that some spark could set off a devastating conflict.

But North and South Korea have also, at least temporarily, put aside their enmity to allow Pyongyang to send athletes to the Games, an opening that some see as an opportunity to push a negotiated settlement.

Japan's Abe, Trump agree to keep up pressure on North Korea .
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to keep up pressure on North Korea until Pyongyang abandons its nuclear and missile programs, Japan's foreign ministry said on Thursday. The two leaders confirmed in phone talks on Wednesday night there would be "no meaningful dialogue" unless North Korea agreed on "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization," the ministry said in its statement."Dialogue for the sake of dialogue would be meaningless," Abe told reporters after the phone talks.

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