Ivanka Trump At Winter Olympics To Advocate Maximum Pressure On North Korea

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Ivanka Trump At Winter Olympics To Advocate Maximum Pressure On North Korea

Her presence there could bring her in contact with a visiting delegation from North Korea, the country in a monthslong war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration. Under cloudy skies, she watched her first event Saturday morning - big-air snowboarding.

Trump has said she's here to support U.S. Olympic athletes, but politics is an unavoidable ingredient for an adviser and daughter of a president.

At a closed-door meeting before a banquet Friday night at the presidential compound, Moon told Trump that talks on denuclearization and the inter-Korean dialogue must move forward side by side, Moon's press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, told reporters.

The U.S. has made it clear that it will maintain its campaign of "maximum pressure" to make North Korea give up its nuclear weapons.

"I hope they will compete successfully", Kim told the USA first daughter.

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It unveiled the "heaviest ever" sanctions on North Korea on Friday, targeting 27 shipping and trade firms and 28 vessels and one individual suspected of helping North Korea evade existing sanctions.

The red suit and hat US screwed on the head, Ivanka Trump was accompanied in the aisles of Kim Jung-sook, the wife of the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in. Also with her was International Olympic Committee board member and 1998 hockey gold medallist Angela Ruggiero. The first daughter and senior White House adviser will lead the U.S. delegation at the weekend's closing ceremony for the Winter Games on Sunday and has already attended some of the Olympic sporting events.

It's possible North Korean authorities are waiting to see how the high-level interaction between North and South goes before they decide how or if to show anything from the Olympics themselves.

Moon, for his part, hopes to make the Olympics an avenue for peace on the divided Korean Peninsula.

The recent Olympics-driven rapprochement between the two Koreas came in the wake of tensions that were heightened past year by the North's nuclear and missile tests.

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Although these instances may be chalked up to overenthusiasm, the acts were more likely born of desperation to not look like a failure in the eyes of North Korea's despotic Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials during the Games as well but North Korea reportedly abruptly cancelled at the last minute.

The lack of news at home is a stark contrast with how North Korea's delegation at the games has been a big hit with the South Korean media.

The 72-year-old Kim Yong-chol now leads the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK)'s United Front Department, a unit in charge of relations with the South.

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