As Olympics approach, Trump tries to pressure North Korea

As Olympics approach, Trump tries to pressure North Korea

Kerry Wise
February 5, 2018

North and South Korea will march under one flag at the Games.

"They are in dialogue, at least as it concerns the Olympics, and that's a good thing, not a bad thing", Trump said.

Joseph Yun, the USA special envoy on North Korea, said on Thursday all options remain on the table for solving the crisis over North Korea's nuclear missile programme but that he did not think the Trump administration was close to triggering military action.

Ryom, who turned 19 on Friday, already got the nickname "angel of smile" by some South Korean media outlets, after she waved and smiled broadly when she arrived at the Gangneung athletes' village on Thursday evening.

He declared the standoff with the rogue regime "a tricky situation" and again blamed previous administrations for letting the crisis linger for decades.

The Korean team are open their Olympic account against sixth-ranked Switzerland on Saturday (February 10).

On Friday, Yun told reporters that the USA wants to open dialogue with the North for its denuclearization.

Neither source clarified exactly what Pence is planning to do to combat North Korean propaganda. Their coach told reporters it was up to Choe to decide whether to compete in the games after watching his condition.

Trump has expressed a willingness to deal with rising tensions with Pyongyang through diplomacy, but he has said the United States would use military force on North Korea if needed.

Athletes from the North and the South will march under the Korean Unification Flag during the inaugural procession of the Olympics.

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But amid the renewed relations between both Koreas during the games, North Korea still plans to send a message to Americans ahead of the ceremonies.

As well as the ice hockey players, its athletes will compete in skiing and figure skating events.

Four players from North Korea featured alongside the South Koreans at the Seonhak International Arena in Incheon.

South Korea is handing out the most free condoms ever distributed for the Winter Olympics.

Olympic Athletes will be getting about 37 condoms each when they come to South Korea.

It did not say whether he would attend the opening ceremony of the Games in Pyeongchang, a county in the mountainous east of South Korea.

The trip is set to coincide with a visit by US Vice President Mike Pence, scheduled to touch down in South Korea on February 8.

"Nobody has the right to take issue" with the event, said Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of North Korea "s ruling Workers" Party.

Harsh sanctions against North KoreaThe Trump administration has stepped up US economic pressure on North Korea, pushed tighter sanctions through the U.N. Security Council, and convinced the government of China to join in applying some of the sanctions. They are mostly from relatively affluent families and a defection would make their relatives in the north face possible reprisals.

Kim is North Korea's nominal head of state but the true power lies in the hands of Kim Jong-un, the country's supreme leader.