Kim Jong-un sends sister to attend Winter Olympics opening ceremony

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South Korea's Unification Ministry said Wednesday that the government is reviewing whether to meet North Korea's request to provide fuel to the ferry.

"There may be a possibility for any kind of an encounter with North Koreans", whether informal or a meeting, he said Thursday before leaving Japan.

News reports said 4,000 of the latest United States dollars 1,100 Samsung smartphones were being given to athletes attending the Winter Games, but athletes from Iran and North Korea would be excluded because of sanctions against the two countries. U.S. President Donald Trump's advisers continue to threaten a military strike to stop him from achieving that goal, even as Kim engages South Korea in dialogue and sends athletes to the Olympics in Pyeongychang.

The ceremony was held on Thursday morning in the city of Gangneung for North Korean athletes taking part in the Winter Games opening on Friday.

That's right. A nation that has the worst human rights record on the planet that nearly took Northeast Asia to the brink of war previous year will walk into the opening ceremonies with its brethren from the south under a joint flag.

North Korea staged a large military parade on Thursday, just one day before the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. To that end he has invited the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died previous year after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months, to join the Olympic delegation. Tensions are set to come to a head in late March as North Korea will demand the cancellation of the U.S.

"North Korea has always been good at dividing and conquering and making advances".

The North Korean tabloid Chosun Ibo also speculated that beer has been in works since at least 2015, after that the leader of the country, Kim Jong-un, complained that beers imported from South Korea are too bland.

Before leaving Japan for Korea, Pence announced that the USA would unveil in coming days "the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever".

Nuclear-armed North Korea is on an Olympics-linked charm offensive - sending a troupe of performers, hundreds of female cheerleaders and the sister of leader Kim Jong-un to South Korea, but regiments of soldiers goose-stepped in formation through Kim Il-sung Square yesterday, followed by increasingly heavy weapons.

South Korea expressed delight that she's coming, saying it shows North Korea's sincerity for improving relations.

The event marking the North Korean army's founding highlights the sharper side of Kim's two-pronged message since suggesting talks in a New Year's address.

But privately, officials said Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea.

Global media was, unsurprisingly, not invited to the parade in Pyongyang, which is thought to have showcased rockets and missiles.

North Korean military parades are often seen as a provocative display of military power and ballistic missile technology that is banned under United Nations resolutions.

The restrictive coverage of the military parade may indicate Pyongyang wants to keep the world focused on its Olympic participation and renewed inter-Korean cooperation.

At the end of the day, a progressive South Korean government such as Moon's always must demonstrate to the public that it can manage and safeguard the USA relationship.

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