North Korea has military parade on eve of Olympics in South

North Korea has military parade on eve of Olympics in South

North Korea has military parade on eve of Olympics in South

North Korea's goody bags are being taken away - not just because Kim Jong-un doesn't want his athletes browsing the open internet, although this is why North Korea has confiscated Samsung's freebies from athletes in the past. "Their frenzy is getting fiercer after [US President Donald] Trump and [Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe prattled that pressure should be maximised without falling to the smiling diplomacy of the north".

A decision by North Korea to send the artists by sea has triggered debate in the South, where conservatives see the move as a clear indication the North is trying to use the Olympics to ease sanctions against it.

Kim's two-pronged strategy has put the United States in an odd position.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is ratcheting up the rhetoric against North Korea's human rights abuses ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in the South.

Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who was jailed in North Korea and died previous year after returning to the United States in a coma, will be Pence's designated special guest at the opening ceremony.

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Even so, Pence and other US officials seemed open to the possibility of a meeting, even if they were not actively seeking one.

Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that Washington wants to peacefully dismantle North Korea's nuclear programme but warned Pyongyang not to underestimate US military strength or resolve.

The North's official delegation is scheduled to arrive here on Friday and stay till Sunday, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Mr Moon is to have lunch on Saturday with North Korea's 22-strong delegation, which includes the titular head of state, Kim Yong-nam, and Kim Yo-jong, the powerful younger sister of leader Kim Jong-un.

Both Japan and South Korea are considered cornerstones of US security and economic relationships in Asia. Poland also sits on the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission that oversees the Korean armistice, which ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

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The more hawkish view is the North Koreans are taking a conciliatory stance to put pressure on the alliance between the US and South Korea.

Local South Koreans had gathered near the site, and at least one man was heard shouting, "We are one!" as the musicians walked to the art center. The U.S. heard Kim assert that North Korea has completed its state nuclear force and call for the mass production and the rapid deployment of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

Samsung didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

North Korea's participation in the Games has been seen as a breakthrough following months of escalating tensions.

"To be clear, we have no intention of meeting with the USA during our visit to South Korea", the report said.

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Sure, the hopeful sight of North Korean and South Korean athletes marching together, carrying a blue and white "unification" flag, will undoubtedly warm the hearts of many spectators both on and off the Korean Peninsula.

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