North Korea holds military parade on eve of Olympics


His comments echoed similar statements that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made to reporters in Peru the same day. And to tell us about her, Korea analyst Sue Mi Terry joins us now.

"We will not allow North Korea to hide behind the Olympic banner the reality that they enslave their people and threaten the wider region", the Vice President added.

Norway's cross-country team has brought some of its training indoors to prevent cold air from damaging athletes' airways, Reuters also reported. If South Korean grants that request, it would violate United Nations sanctions.

Kim Yong Nam is expected to be the ceremonial leader of North Korea at the Games.

With Pyongyang sending a senior delegation including Kim Jong Un's younger sister rumors had circulated such a meeting could be in the works. She will be the first member of the dynasty to step foot in South Korea.

Both Kim Yo-jung and Choe Hwi are sanctioned by the United States for human rights abuses. There's another brother, Kim Jong Chul, but he doesn't have any kind of role in the North Korean government.

In a surprise move, Kim Jong-un extended a rare olive branch to the South in his new year's speech, saying he was willing to send a team to the Games.

The vice president is on a multistop trip to Northeast Asia that includes leading the USA delegation at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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"We clearly state that we don't have a willingness to meet with the USA side during our visit to South Korea", according to the report. "It is significant that the delegation also includes Kim Yo Jong, who is Chairman Kim Jong Un's sister and holds an important position in the Workers' Party of Korea". "May the Olympics be a great celebration of sport and friendship", he concluded. Historically, after such actions, North Korea often becomes aggressive and will act on that. That's why Abe accepted Seoul's offer of attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

US officials have declined to elaborate on the sanctions Pence mentioned, saying any further information could help countries that might try to get around the measures - an apparent oblique reference to Chinese vessels that have been caught on satellite trading oil with North Korean ships in violation of United Nations sanctions.

North Korea recently announced it would send athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. It's the first time a cheering squad from the North has come in 13 years.

More than 10,000 troops trained for the parade at a military airfield for several weeks and residents had practiced in plazas around the North Korean capital with bouquets of plastic flowers to spell out slogans during the parade.

The flag depicted a map of the undivided Korean peninsula, including the disputed islands - known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese - located in the Sea of Japan, known to Koreans as the East Sea. The red and green phone system is one of 33 direct lines that the two countries once used to communicate.

TERRY: Yeah, the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in.

The deal is an extension of Snap's existing partnership with NBCUniversal - which invested $500m in the tech company during its IPO - and will see NBC stream live video coverage of the 23 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.