N Korea says no plans to meet U.S. officials at Olympics

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South Korean soldiers' height, dark glasses and stance are meant to intimidate North Korea.

"That's promoting Kim Jong Un and North Korea's ideology".

"There's some diplomatic tensions brewing here though, because, you know, the Vice President said we're going to be sending some very strong messages toward North Korea", Enjeti explained.

Kim Kwang-jin, a research fellow at South Korea's Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS), told RFA's Korean Service that Pence has sought to show that the USA doubts North Korea's intentions in using the Winter Olympics as a diplomatic channel to end its isolation.

Both Kim Yong-Nam, the North's ceremonial head of state, who is leading its delegation, and Mr Pence are due to attend the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang tomorrow, which could put them in the same room at a leaders' reception beforehand.

On the eve of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, the USA and South Korea vowed to work in tandem towards denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but delivered messages suggesting very different approaches in dealing with the threat of North Korea and its weapons development program.

North Korea is under multiple sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, which have seen it develop rockets theoretically capable of reaching the United States mainland. "Our delegation's visit to South Korea is only to take part in the Olympics and hail its successful holding".

Since her return to North Korea, she is said to have been prepared for a leadership role by her aunt, Kim Kyong Hui.

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Pence told reporters that part of the goal of his visit was to tell "the truth about North Korea at every stop".

"There may be a possibility for any kind of an encounter with North Koreans".

The 28-year-old sister of the North Korean leader will be the first member of the Kim family to cross the border into the South. Kim Yo Jong is a propaganda official blacklisted last year by the U.S. Treasury Department over alleged human rights abuses and censorship.

Kim Jong Un saluted troops while his wife walked beside him, television images showed.

The committee granted the exemption to Choe after no council member raised objections to the request, a council diplomat said.

The Security Council sanctioned Choe on June 2 a year ago when he was vice director of the Workers' Party of the Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department, which controls ideological messaging through the media, arts and culture.

Tension soared past year as the North carried out multiple weapons tests, including intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States mainland, and by far its most powerful nuclear test to date.

Kim Yo Jong is Kim Jong Un's only sibling who is a member of North Korea's leadership.

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