Could Olympic Games Bring North and South Korea Together?


South Korean President Moon Jae-in has met with North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo-Jong during her visit to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

In it, Kim Jong Un highlighted several huge intercontinental ballistic missiles, which were successfully flight tested three times previous year and could reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected.

The parade aimed at the domestic audience to reassure the people that the participation in the Olympics does not mean that the regime was losing strength, Bajgerova said, adding that the parade did not seem to be a gesture for the worldwide community.

"The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization", Pence is quoted as saying.

On his flight to Alaska on Saturday, the vice president said he left Asia "encouraged that we will continue to work very closely to continue and intensify the maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea. The US insists that North Korea has to commit to the denuclearization and be willing to talk about denuclearization before any direct talk can happen. The Post reported that Pence and Moon hammered out the new strategy during conversations at the presidential Blue House and during a speed-skating event. Pence conferred with U.S. President Donald Trump every day he was in Asia.

Kim Yo Jong again sat with President Moon to watch a North Korean art troupe performance in Seoul on Sunday, with both sides expressing hope that the diplomatic overtures would continue after the Games had ended. But inside the meeting, there was a breakthrough.

Deepening the odd-man-out optics for Pence, Moon and Kim, smiling broadly, exchanged a handshake and cheered the team enthusiastically.

Kim Yo Jong is handed a blanket at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang South Korea on Feb 9 2018
Kim Yo Jong is handed a blanket at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang South Korea on Feb 9 2018

The team had included 12 North Korean players. "They have people hungry in North Korea".

"That is a very unusual time, if in fact he is trying to show a warming to the country that he has attacked repeatedly as an American puppet, a country that impeached their last president", Mattis said. "That's why you have to have talks".

Rather than tweeting, threatening, and provoking North Korea, President Trump should instead take advantage of this rare opportunity to communicate peacefully and diplomatically with government officials in the North in order to finally make progress in this delicate world issue. That may be a bridge too far for the Kim regime, which is adamant that the worldwide community accept its nuclear status.

Bruce Klingner, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst who is now senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, warned Seoul could violate global sanctions by providing economic aid to Pyongyang. -South Korean military drills, which has been postponed.

There are other spoilers that could torpedo the new opening.

Diplomatic sources with deep knowledge of North Korea's activities told CNN that despite outwardly positive signs and indications of a "charm offensive" from Pyongyang, what's "unclear and bizarre" is there has not been any concurrent diplomatic movement from North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Moon has long pushed engagement with the North - which is accused of widespread human rights abuses and subject to multiple sets of United Nations sanctions over its banned nuclear and ballistic missile programmes - to bring it to the negotiating table.

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In response, the Kim regime may resume testing its nuclear and missile programs, as it has done after past Olympic d├ętentes. He pointedly did not, though at once point he and Kim You Jong sat just feet from each other, and maybe it's just as well.