Pence Talks Stocks, North Korea

  • Pence Talks Stocks, North Korea

Pence Talks Stocks, North Korea

USA vice president Mike Pence said he has not ruled out the possibility of meeting with North Korean officials at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea.

But when asked by reporters about a potential meeting with North Koreans on Tuesday, Pence said he had not requested a meeting, "but we'll see what happens".

"We'll be telling the truth about North Korea at every stop", Pence told reporters at the facilities which are created to respond to a launch by the communist regime. "We are divided countries but I think it's important for us to take part in world festivals like the Olympics together".

White House officials said Pence was expected to continue to bring attention to North Korea's human rights abuses on the trip, and offer of reminder of grim conditions in North Korea.

Kim Yong-nam, 90, has been the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly - the Parliament in DPRK - for years and will be the highest-level official to visit South Korea in four years.

Details about the cheer team have not been released, but North Korea reportedly picks its members by thoroughly examining family background, appearance, skills and loyalty to the government.

Pyongyang also notified Seoul of its plan to send the 140-member Samjiyon orchestra on Tuesday.

"They do want to send out strong messages to counter North Korea's propaganda arm", said Patrick Cronin, director of the Center for a New American Security's Asia-Pacific security program. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

The Russian athletes' statement said that they have supported the International Olympic Committee statement "that it's necessary to respect rights of clean athletes".

Otto Warmbier was the U.S. student who died in 2017 shortly after being released from North Korean captivity.

Security firm FireEye said hackers linked to North Korea have stolen bitcoin from at least three South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges since May 2017.

Biathlete Joanne Firesteel Reid of the United States trains during previews ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre on February 6, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

"In general we welcome such atmosphere of the dialogue but at the same time our position is that we should be more realistic", Takehiro Shimada, minister for Communications and Cultural Affairs of the Japanese Embassy in the USA, said in an interview.

In January, the two Koreas - which have technically been at war for 65 years - signed a historic agreement paving the way for athletes from the North to be able to compete in the games.