Febrero 21, 2018

USA and Japan press united front as Seoul wavers on sanctions

08 Febrero 2018, 08:15 | Benedicto Grullon

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However, experts say it is unlikely to have any impact on the North's nuclear ambitions.

TERRY: Yeah, the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in.

Pence made his comments during his first stop, in Japan, on a five-day trip through Asia meant to pressure Kim Jong Uns regime to move toward denuclearization.

Olympics is partnering with Peloton to provide its user with spinning classes streamed live from NBC Olympics' primetime studio in PyeongChang, South Korea, during the 2018 Winter Olympics.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions would be unveiled "in the coming weeks" and urged all countries to fully implement existing United Nations sanctions and to back the U.S. pressure campaign by expelling North Korean "financial facilitators and trade reps".

Pence has brought with him to the Games Fred Warmbier, the father of USA citizen Otto Warmbier, who patronized the North Korean tourist industry before being arrested and tortured to death for allegedly tampering with a propaganda poster in Pyongyang.

A source from SM Entertainment, EXO's label, confirmed that the boy band, which was formed back in 2011, as well as 26-year-old artist CL, are hard at work preparing for a great performance during the closing ceremony at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 25, according to Soompi.

The idea is that Kim Jong Un would understand that this was not be the start of an all-out attack, and he is not suicidal, so he would take his medicine, and the message that the United States is serious.

In addition to their rare performances overseas, North Korea's modern musicians play an essential role at home as propagandists for the government.

Chen stands alone as the undefeated male skater in the world this season, and he is the reigning USA champion two years in a row, having also won the 2017 Four Continents and the Grand Prix Final.

"The fact that the USA is bringing along Otto Warmbier's father suggests that their interest in engaging with the North Koreans while in Korea is pretty low", Abraham Denmark, a senior defense official under former President Barack Obama, told a conference call organised by the Wilson Center think tank.

Along the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea, the Olympic thaw in relations has led to more tourists and VIPs and fewer security incidents, tour operators and worldwide soldiers stationed there say.

Though Pence didn't comment directly on the North's latest request for fuel assistance, he appeared to rule out the possibility of sanction relief, announcing the United States would soon seek to impose the "toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever". She's somebody that Kim Jong Un trusts.

TERRY: Well, we don't know a whole lot, but we do know that she is Kim Jong Un's younger sister.

In the meantime, the DPRK announced the sister of leader Kim Jong Un will be attending the Games.

But the delegation list submitted to the sanctions committee by South Korea identifies him as "Chairman of the State Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission". More broadly, Kim is seeking to normalize the North's status as a wannabe, self-identified nuclear power in the eyes of the world. They had a half brother, Kim Jong Nam, who was murdered previous year at a Malaysian airport. She is someone that can deliver a message to Kim Jong Un, and the South Korean government is expected to go out of its way to accommodate her. Skeptics think North Korea is trying to use the Olympics to weaken US -led sanctions and pressure against it and buy time to advance its weapons programs.

With the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics about to get underway, Peter Hutton, boss of Eurosport, is counting on its coverage of the Games to change the way people think about the service and generate a return on the $1.4 billion parent company Discovery shelled out for European rights in 2015.

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.

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