Pence to make Alaska visit Monday on Olympics trip

05 February, 2018, 05:30 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Pence to make Alaska visit Monday on Olympics trip

The last time, the two Koreas marched together was the 2007 Asian Winter Games in Changchun in China.

North Korean skiers and skaters arrived at a South Korean airport on Thursday to participate in the Winter Olympics, bringing a temporary lull in tensions surrounding the North's nuclear programme.

"Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors, and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears the most - the truth", Trump said during his address to Congress.

"I got a kick out of it, frankly", Mattis told reporters Friday morning at the Pentagon.

The match saw 23 South Korean ice hockey players join forces with 12 players from the North, dressed in uniforms emblazoned with the single word "Korea" over a map of the peninsula.

McMaster reportedly favors launching a "bloody nose" strike to get North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to freeze his nuclear program, while Mattis and Tillerson are anxious that even a limited attack could explode into full-scale war, according to the Times and other media outlets.

Former President George W. Bush met with defectors in the Oval in 2006, during the Six-Party Talks with the North, the United States, South Korea, China, Japan and Russian Federation.

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

North Korea will also send a 550-member delegation to the games, which includes 230 cheerleaders, 140 artists and 30 Taekwondo players for a demonstration.


Pyeongchang, a relatively small ski resort town, will host the ski, snowboard and sliding events during the Olympics.

Ice sports (5 disciplines): short track speed skating, speed skating, figure skating, ice hockey and curling.

In a commentary on Friday, North Korea's state media said Washington was attempting to create a "stage of confrontation" at the Olympics by saying the inter-Korean talks and the positive results that had stemmed from them could "disappear" after the Games.

Though Pyeongchang, South Korea's randy record doesn't beat out the Summer Olympics' in sheer volume - 450,000 condoms were handed out at the 2016 Rio games - it does win gold for its high condom-to-athlete ratio: The math averages out to a whopping 37.6 condoms per athlete for the 16-day stay.

"North Korea wants to make this about cute photo ops".

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.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatens its neighbours with nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

Observers say the North might have already added security agents to the IOC-accredited delegation by disguising them as sport officials or journalists.

North Korea is usually extremely sensitive about outside criticism of its human rights situation.

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