Monday, 24 September, 2018

Olympics: Russia's Athletes 'hugely Disappointed' With IOC Verdict

Military deployed as norovirus outbreak hits Winter Olympic security guards Military deployed as norovirus outbreak hits Winter Olympic security guards
Faye Gross | 08 February, 2018, 12:16

It was previously reported that US Vice President Mike Pence, not Ivanka Trump, was scheduled to lead the US delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

In another development on Sunday, the Washington Post reported that Fred Warmbier, whose son Otto Warmbier was jailed by North Korea and died days after returning to the USA, would attend the opening ceremony as a guest of Mr Pence.

Mr Warmbier is travelling as a guest of the vice president, and his presence is being seen as a signal to Pyongyang that Washington has no intention of easing the pressure on the regime of Kim Jong-un over its human rights record.

Kim's trip touched off immediate media speculation that direct contacts between Pyongyang and Washington may be possible during the Olympics, with the U.S. sending Vice President Mike Pence to the games that start on February 9.

North Korea's ceremonial leader will make an unprecedented visit to South Korea this week, officials said on Monday, as hopes grew for high-level inter-Korean talks during the Winter Olympics that begin in four days.

"We'll collectively be reiterating our commitment between the United States, Japan, and South Korea, and a broad range of allies and partners around the world to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions", Pence told reporters. Although North Korea claimed he had contracted botulism in detention, Trump has since alleged that he was tortured in custody.

Fred Warmbier has accused North Korea of torturing his son.

Pence isn't looking for a meeting with North Korean officials but hasn't ruled out the possibility of a chance encounter, according to White House officials who spoke to The Associated Press.

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Glosserman said Japanese officials might also be interested in discussing Trump's recent statement that the US could be coaxed back into the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal between Japan and other Pacific Rim nations.

The two Koreas are to also have a joint women's hockey team for the games.

On Sunday, the North Korean government shot back that its nuclear missile program would "deter Trump and his lackeys from showing off on the Korean peninsula".

The U.S. delegation will witness South and North Korean athletes marching together under a common flag, displaying an undivided Korea.

This year will mark the first ever Winter Olympics held in South Korea.

Mr Kim is said to be a loyal follower of the top leadership.

Members of delegations are also carefully screened by North Korea.

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