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Mike Pence Is Right to Remind Us of N.Korea's Atrocities

Mike Pence Is Right to Remind Us of N.Korea's Atrocities

Vice President Pence, who will lead the US delegation at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Friday, says he is prepared to announce the "toughest" economic sanctions yet on North Korea.

The parade was reportedly held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of founding of the country's armed forces, according to South Korea's Yonhap News, but it also marks a display of power mere hours before the North is expected to march under a unified flag with the delegation from South Korea. Some analysts say she's a crucial part of the Kim regime, helping shape North Korean strategic policy as part of her brother's executive office.

South Korea and the US -led UNC force are technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

"We will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs once and for all", he said.

At the same time, Pence has not ruled out a potential meeting with North Korean officials at the Olympics, telling reporters, "We'll see what happens".

Pence traveled to South Korea to lead the US delegation to Friday's opening ceremonies, but has used his trip to participate in symbolic events meant to shine a spotlight on North Korea's nuclear program and human rights abuses. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is widely viewed as trying to weaken the alliance and the impact of sanctions.

While the White House denies a shift in policy, it has offered mixed messages on North Korea.

Kim Yo Jong and Kim Jong Un were born to the same mother, Ko Yong Hui.

In reality, top Trump officials have stressed that time is running out for any peaceful end to the risky confrontation with North Korea.

Deputies respond to report of person holding an eyeball in Anderson Co
The church worker claims the February 6 incident was so shocking a 911 dispatcher didn't believe her story at first. The sheriff's office says deputies responded to assist emergency medical workers, and no crime was committed.

Seoul had earlier granted the ship a temporary exemption from an existing South Korean measure prohibiting North Korean vessels from entering and operating in South Korean waters or ports.

Pence began his trip with a visit to Alaska, where he received a briefing on the U.S. missile defense system with U.S. Northern Command and highlighted the upcoming deployment of an additional 20 ground-based interceptors that will be ready to respond to a North Korean launch.

Kim Yo Jong, believed to be around 30, will be the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

The Associated Press writes: "As his personal guest to the opening games, Pence invited Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American who died a year ago days after his release from captivity in North Korea".

The Winter Olympics is scheduled to take place at South Korea's Pyeongchang from February 9-25.

North Korea also on Wednesday sent a 280-member delegation, including 229 members of a state-trained cheering group, via the land border for the Olympics.

In an effort to improve inter-Korean relations, South Korea has allowed increase access to North Koreans, but such a high-level delegation runs the risk of bumping up against an absolute ban on luxury goods to Pyongyang.

To avoid offending Japan at the Games, a South Korean figure skating pair made a decision to change the lyrics of a popular Korean folk ballad that will form part of their routine, dropping a reference in the song to disputed islands.