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Queues, protests as North Korean orchestra performs in South

Queues, protests as North Korean orchestra performs in South

Queues, protests as North Korean orchestra performs in South

The Vice President will reaffirm to the leaders of Japan and South Korea the United States' unwavering commitment to our allies and to deter and defend against the North Korean threat. Pence is pushing South Korea to adopt a more hawkish stance toward the North and warning against North Korean "propaganda" efforts at the games.

"It looks like North Korea had potential reaction from the worldwide community in mind and toned down the scale and message of the event a lot", said North Korean studies professor Lim Eul Chul of Kyungnam University.

The exemption will also be extended to all members of the delegation, meaning that a ban on luxury goods to North Korea will be temporarily lifted - a measure that would allow for gifts, for instance. In 2000, her father, Kim Jong Il, held a summit meeting in North Korea with Kim Dae-jung, then South Korea's president, but did not keep his promise to visit for a second meeting.

Pence told reporters that despite disagreements over how to approach North Korea, the state of the alliance between the US and South Korea is "strong".

Both sides are hoping to use participation by the North in the games to ease tensions that have been exceptionally high over the past year amid North Korea's stepped-up missile launches and nuclear weapons' development.

Ambassador Karel Van Oosterom of the Netherlands, who chairs the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea, sent a proposed letter of approval Wednesday to the 15 council members with a deadline of 3 p.m. EST on Thursday for objections.

The holiday, which is observed by South and North Korea, celebrates the countries' independence from Japan.

A North Korean official says that Pyongyang has no desire to engage in talks with the U.S. on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics, despite South Korean President Moon Jae-in's recent push to promote dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington.

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The concert takes place a day ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony, where the two Koreas will march together under the blue-and-white Korean unification flag. Unilaterally, the US has also targeted North Korean shipping companies and Chinese trading networks.

Pence continued: "President Trump has said he always believes in talking, but I haven't requested any meeting".

In a jarring contrast to the moves toward reconciliation in the South, columns of goose-stepping soldiers and vehicles carrying rockets, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, rolled through the main square in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on Thursday as the country celebrated its Army Building Day.

In a speech, Kim warned against "aggressors" who want to "ridicule our dignity and sovereignty".

5 of 9 Hwasong-12 and Hwasong-14 missiles are displayed during a military parade held in Pyongyang, North Korea, on February 8, 2018.

Unlike the North's last parade in April 2017 its state television did not show the event live.

Some analysts in the South said that the North might have decided not to ruffle too many feathers as its athletes and officials were overseas.

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