Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

Tillerson Open to Talks with N. Korea during Olympics

Tillerson Open to Talks with N. Korea during Olympics Tillerson Open to Talks with N. Korea during Olympics
Patty Aguilar | 08 February, 2018, 07:40

He'll bring to the games the father of Otto Warmbier, the USA student who died in 2017 shortly after he was released from North Korean detention.

While the attackers have yet to be identified, South Korea's National Intelligence Service told lawmakers that it's a possibility that North Korea was behind the theft.

The remarks by Abe and Pence were in line with the message from U.S. President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address on January 30. He added: "We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic games".

Pence, whose visit clearly focused on security in the region, strongly criticized North Korea's diplomatic attitude, calling Kim Jong Un's administration "the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet".

"To that end, I'm announcing today the United States of America will soon unveil the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever".

It has engaged with North Korea frequently this year in an effort to reach peaceful resolution of the nuclear and missile problems on the Korean Peninsula.

USA officials declined to detail the expected sanctions beyond Mr Pence's comments, citing concerns that any additional information could be used by those trying to skirt the new measures. The new measures are expected to be rolled out before the conclusion of the Olympic games.

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But the F-22 fighter jet behind him projected an equally powerful dose of symbolism - one of American military might ready to combat a North Korean nuclear threat that has dominated the Trump administration's first year in office.

With the North Korean official's attendance at the Olympics raising hopes of high-level inter-Korean talks, Pence stopped short of ruling out the prospect that he could meet senior North Korean officials, despite President Donald Trump having cast doubt on USA negotiations with Pyongyang anytime soon.

Even the United States delegation attending the Games is meant to reinforce the message of American resolve.

Others attending as official members of the delegation are Pence's wife, Karen Pence; Army General Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. and United Nations forces on the peninsula; Brooks' predecessor, retired Army General James Thurman; House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce; Chargé d'Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul Marc Knapper; and 2002 Olympic figure skating gold medal victor Sara Hughes. All the while, the three countries must together confront a North Korea problem that Straub says really hasn't changed. Warmbier and his wife were among Trump's guests at the State of the Union last month.

Pence's aides would not confirm a meeting would take place, but pointedly did not deny some kind of interaction was being considered.

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"President Trump has said he always believes in talking, but I haven't requested any meetings". "But we'll see what happens".

Pence said his message, if he met any officials from the North, would be the same as it has been in public.

"There is no shift in policy", a senior administration official later told reporters.

North and South Korea agreed to send a North Korean delegation to the Olympics.

South Korea concedes that its relationship with the North so far is fragile. This was disturbing, if not unprecedented: Kim, while the nominal leader of the world's worst human rights abusing regime, attended the opening ceremonies in Sochi in 2014, too.

North Korea is sending its nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam - the highest-level visitor to the South from the North in recent memory. In Korea, Pence will visit a memorial to the 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack attributed to the North, and hold meetings with President Moon Jae-in.

If a meeting took place, it would mark the highest-level interaction between the United States and North Korea in decades.

"He added that sanctions pressure would continue "until North Korea gets on a pathway to giving up its nuclear weapons". While Pyongyang is trying to use the Olympics to reshape its global image, the U.S.is taking steps to counter that narrative and present North Korea as a callous and cruel regime that oppresses its own people and threatens the world with destruction.

Pence has voiced scepticism that the North Korea will use the Games for crude propaganda.

North and South Korean athletes will march under the same flag during the Opening Ceremony and will field a joint women's ice hockey team, signs of unity that have some in the South calling these Games the "Peace Olympics".

Pence says those fundamentals continue to be "very strong". That delicate balance has led to some verbal gymnastics as US officials try to explain what is and isn't in the offing.

The sight of Warmbier alongside Pence will serve to "remind the world of the atrocities that happen in North Korea", according to a White House official. "We have lines of communication to Pyongyang".

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