Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

N.Korea rules out talks with U.S. during Olympics

N.Korea rules out talks with U.S. during Olympics

"We shouldn't be captivated by the charm offensive of North Korea", he added. "Our delegation's visit to South Korea is only to take part in the Olympics and hail its successful holding".

The sister, Kim Yo Jong, and her entourage will travel by private jet to Seoul's Incheon International Airport on Friday afternoon, North Korea informed the South.

Deepening security cooperation among the three countries, including South Korea, is also vital.

Pence toured joint USA and Japanese operations centers at the US base that monitor and react to crises on the peninsula and the region at large.

Vice President Mike Pence is characterizing the stock market's Monday plunge as "simply the ebb and flow of our stock market" and is urging people to focus on the fundamentals of the US economy.

In the economic field, Japan and the United States will continue negotiations in the Japan-U.S. economic dialogue chaired by Pence and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso.

The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 1,100 points Monday with stocks taking their worst loss in six and a half years.

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

Vice President Mike Pence says missile defense is essential for the national defense of the United States. "And that is that North Korea must once and for all abandon its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile ambitions". Following the Winter Olympics, South Korea and the United States are due to commence massive war games involving hundreds of thousands of troops, backed by the latest weaponry.

Pence received a briefing with U.S. Northern Command at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. He touted the coming deployment of an additional 20 ground-based interceptors that would respond to an enemy launch.

On Friday, before he attends the Olympic opening ceremony, he will visit a memorial for 46 South Korean sailors killed in 2010 in the sinking of a warship that Seoul blamed on a North Korean torpedo attack.

On Wednesday, the North announced that Kim Yo Jong, the sister of dictator Kim Jong-un, would attend the games, joining the country's nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam. "But we'll see what happens".

Trump has ordered Pentagon and White House officials to begin planning a military parade in Washington similar to the Bastille Day parade he witnessed in Paris in July, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. While the Olympics have provided a diplomatic opening between the rival Koreas, it's not quelled U.S.

Pence's trip to Asia comes amid an apparent thaw on the Korean peninsula, spurred by North Korea's participation in what is being hailed the "peace" Olympics in Pyeongchang in the South. His visit is set to focus less on sports than on the host country's bellicose neighbor to the north.

In reality, top Trump officials have stressed that time is running out for any peaceful end to the unsafe confrontation with North Korea. He'll hold symbolic events of his own to highlight the North's human rights abuses and nuclear ambitions, according to White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to preview the trip publicly.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Pence inspected a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile battery that is Japan's last line of defence against incoming missiles.

He also ratcheted up his rhetoric on the North's human rights abuses in a speech to US service members at Yokota Air Base in Japan.

A man sanitizes his hands at the entrance to the media cafeteria in Gangneung, South Korea, on Wednesday.

Pence will leading the USA delegation to the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.

"To be clear, we have no intention of meeting with the USA during our visit to South Korea", and no plans to use the Winter Olympics as a political vehicle, Cho said. And he's got a full schedule of political and worldwide travel for the rest of 2018 that could help him steer around domestic troubles.

Both by coincidence and design, Pence has managed to skirt some of the biggest controversies of the Trump administration.

Pence departs Monday for Asia to lead the USA delegation to the Winter Olympics.

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