U.S. won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea

Image Attribute Soohorang, One of the Official Mascots of Pyeong Chang 2018  Source You Tube Screen Grab

Image Attribute Soohorang, One of the Official Mascots of Pyeong Chang 2018 Source You Tube Screen Grab

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.

The vice president will be bringing Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, to the Winter Olympics.

"Everything the North Koreans do at the Olympics is a charade to cover up the fact that they are the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet", the aide said.

"The vice president will be there with Mr. Warmbier at the opening ceremony ... to remind the world of the atrocities that happen in North Korea", a White House official said on Monday.

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The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary that Abe made up his mind to take part in the opening ceremony of the Olympics because he wanted to pressurize Seoul to maintain maximum pressure on the DPRK for the latter's nuclear and missile programs.

United States snowboarders Julia Marino and Hailey Langland attend a press conference at the Main Press Centre during previews ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 6, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

During the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, North Korean judo heroine Key Sun Hui, who won gold in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, lit the games' torch together with South Korean 1984 Olympic judo gold medallist Ha Hyung-joo.

"With respect to the vice president's trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea, I think we'll just see", he told reporters.

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"There are some cases in which other delegates play a far more crucial role than the chief of a delegation", he said, "so we'll have to see how North Korea composes the rest of its group to precisely assess its intentions".

"Very stringent measures are in place when it comes to food and beverages", he said.

Games organizers have picked up on Moon's theme of peace and reconciliation. Hundreds of North Korean officials, athletes, cheerleaders and artistic performers are also expected.

Pyongyang, which previously said its Samjiyon Orchestra performers would take a road linking the two countries along the west coast, changed its plan last Sunday and told Seoul they would make a ferry ride to a South Korean port, according to the Unification Ministry. It was greeted by throngs of protesters, some of whom held large photos of Kim Jong Un with black crosses drawn through them.

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In 2017, North Korea tested what they claimed to be a hydrogen bomb, with yield estimates ranging from 50 to 280 kilotons. Last year, North Korea carried out a number of long-range ballistic missile tests.

Such a meeting would represent a potentially major diplomatic breakthrough amid Washington's ongoing nuclear standoff with North Korea, which has fueled fears of a cataclysmic war that could kill millions of people.

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