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World US won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea

01:36  06 february  2018
01:36  06 february  2018 Source:   afp.com

Pence says 'no daylight' between allies on North Korea

  Pence says 'no daylight' between allies on North Korea Vice President Mike Pence told reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday that there is "no daylight" between the United States, South Korea and Japan in their stances on North Korea after a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics that saw him and South Korean President Moon Jae-in take different positions on the presence of a North Korean delegation. Load Error "There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program," Pence said, adding that he was "encouraged" by his talks with the

Lima, Feb 6 Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today. Washington has previously said it won ' t seek to initiate contact with North Koreans attending the South Korean

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. "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.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week © Provided by AFP US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week

Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday.

Washington has previously said it won't seek to initiate contact with North Koreans attending the South Korean games, but it does want talks with Kim Jong-Un in an effort to get him to abandon his nuclear program.

Asked during a visit to Peru whether Pence might accept an invitation to meet the North Korea delegation, Tillerson – who is pushing for a diplomatic solution to the crisis – would not rule it out.

Mattis: North Korea isn't driving a wedge between US and South Korea

  Mattis: North Korea isn't driving a wedge between US and South Korea Defense Secretary James Mattis on Sunday quashed concerns that a recent rapprochement between North and South Korea was driving a wedge between the U.S. and its ally Seoul. "I know that people are watching for a wedge between South Korea, Republic of Korea, in other words, and the United States. There's no wedge there," Mattis told reporters aboard a plane flying into Rome.

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"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.

Pushed on whether that meant he was not saying "no," Tillerson replied: "We'll see, we'll see what happens."

Pence is visiting Alaska, Tokyo and Seoul before attending the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang on Friday.

This is Pence's second visit to the region as vice president and comes as President Donald Trump's administration is working to put "maximum pressure" on the North Korean regime through diplomacy and sanctions.

Washington wants to prevent leader Kim's engineers from marrying their proven ballistic missile and nuclear capabilities, which would put the continental United States within striking distance.

Trump has repeatedly said he would not allow this to happen, and as both sides have traded warlike rhetoric, fears have grown that some spark could set off a devastating conflict.

But North and South Korea have also, at least temporarily, put aside their enmity to allow Pyongyang to send athletes to the Games, an opening that some see as an opportunity to push a negotiated settlement.

Japan's Abe, Trump agree to keep up pressure on North Korea .
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to keep up pressure on North Korea until Pyongyang abandons its nuclear and missile programs, Japan's foreign ministry said on Thursday. The two leaders confirmed in phone talks on Wednesday night there would be "no meaningful dialogue" unless North Korea agreed on "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization," the ministry said in its statement."Dialogue for the sake of dialogue would be meaningless," Abe told reporters after the phone talks.

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