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'Frank, candid' talks held with Moon, says Pyongyang

12 February 2018

"The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization", Pence told The Washington Post. "Where have I seen that before?"

The Olympics-inspired detente mood flared after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un abruptly expressed his willingness to send an Olympic delegation.

Murphy wasn't the only one to note Pence had condemned NFL players for kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

After his staged walk-out at an American football game in October, on Friday it was the turn of US ally, South Korea, to feel the brunt of his pointed political point-scoring. Chanting "Let's tear Kim Jong-un to death!" the crowd ripped up posters of the North Korean leader and burnt images of him, as well as the North Korean flag and posters of a united Korea, until police ran in to put it out.

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The trip by Kim Yo Jong is the latest move in an extraordinary show of Olympic diplomacy with Seoul that could prove to be a major challenge to the Trump administration's hard-line Korea policies.

Trump has at times questioned the goal of further talks with the North after years of negotiations by previous USA administrations failed to halt the North's weapons programs. "We surely have to win competitions but I mean attending the Olympics has a significant meaning", the North's Alpine coach, Pyon Yong Do, said after a meeting of coaches on Sunday. It was a sharp, but possibly fleeting, contrast with many months of rising tensions connected to the North's continued development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

"She (Kim Yo Jong) is not charming, she is a dictator's sister", Laila said."She is not looking after North Korean people".

North Korea defends its weapons programs as essential to counter US aggression, saying regular war drills between the United States and the South are preparations for invasion.

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But there was no mention of the North Korean nuclear issue or joint U.S.

South Korean activists burned the North's flag yesterday near a theatre where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister and the South's President watched a North Korean musical display in a culmination of their Olympic rapprochement.

"Now is not the time to postpone US-South Korea military exercises".

On Saturday, the DPRK delegation paid a visit to Moon at the presidential Blue House.

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Japanese editorials sounded a similar warning, saying dialogue would be meaningless unless it led to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

'Frank, candid' talks held with Moon, says Pyongyang