Will Olympic diplomacy lead to permanent peace?


Pence was widely seen as having been outplayed by a "charm offensive" by the North Korean delegation, which included North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong.

"I have launched hundreds of campaigns and activities to let people know about the human rights situation in North Korea, but President Trump's address has marked a milestone in North Korea's human rights", he said during an interview with The Associated Press and two South Korean media outlets. Moon may have the support of some countrymen for a rapprochement with the North, but he's still bound by ties to the USA as South Korea's key ally and protector.

Kim emphasized the importance of continuing dialogue between two Koreas, according to the North's official news agency.

South Koreans are hardly unanimous in their opinions about the unified Korean Olympic team and the temporary rapprochement with the North. An exchange of fiery words between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump also ratcheted up unease on the Korean peninsula.

The group held a concert on February 8 in the South Korean city of Gangneung, an Olympic venue, and another on Sunday 11 in the National Theater of South Korea, attended by Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader's sister and Kim Yong-nam, leader of the North's national assembly. "So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify".

He said the United States and its allies would impose "steep and escalating costs" on Pyongyang until it takes "clear steps toward denuclearisation".

Pence called North Korea a "prison state" and accused the ruling family of widespread abuses, including the murder of Kim Jong Un's brother and uncle.

"This is across the board of glamorizing somebody like this, who, again, runs propaganda and couldn't ask for any better press if she wanted from the USA media", Concha said.

However, Ms Kim's appearance at the Winter Games has been widely criticised, as she still remains on a United States sanctions list over alleged links to human rights abuses in North Korea.

As the South's President Moon Jae In has asked the North to resume a dialogue with Washington as a condition for a summit between the Koreas, all eyes are on whether Mr Kim, who continues to pursue nuclear weapons, will get closer to the US. We have said, from the diplomatic side, we are ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk.

In Tokyo, Pence announced that our government will soon unleash "the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever".

Such a meeting, if it came about, would mark the first inter-Korea summit since 2007.