Vice President Mike Pence was set to hold a secret meeting with top North Korean officials who were in South Korea for the Olympics, only to see the North Koreans abruptly back out of what have been landmark talks between the two adversaries. "We regret their failure to seize this opportunity".
Kim Yo-jong invited South Korean president Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang to begin talks soon.
Chang Ung, North Korea's representative on the International Olympic Committee, made the remark after a South Korean provincial governor said Gangwon province, host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, was considering a proposal to co-host the 2021 Asian Winter Games.
Prior to the visit, the DPRK's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) ruled out any talks with US officials.
The U.S. and South Korea will lay out their plans for joint military drills before April, according to South Korea's Ministry of National Defense, Tuesday.
The high-level DPRK delegation had arrived in the South earlier in the week, and was led by Kim Yong Nam, the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.
General Vincent Brooks, who heads the United States contingent of 28,000 troops on South Korean soil, assured a USA parliamentary committee last week that both countries will carry out once a year their on-the-ground training, regardless of the inter-Korean rapprochement.
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The Washington Post first reported the possible meeting.
But Eugene Yu, Ga House Candidate running for District 12 grew up in South Korea, and he said it is all for show: "This is nothing but North Korea propaganda not only to South Korea but to the world", Yu told NewsChannel 6.
"While maintaining the momentum of inter-Korean dialogue created on the occasion of the Olympics, the government will make utmost efforts to help inter-Korean relations and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula move forward in a mutually reinforcing way", Chung said. Ahead of Pence's visit, Trump officials had insisted they'd requested no meeting with North Korea, but notably left open the possibility one could occur.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday told Fox News that he would also not rule out meeting the North Koreans. In South Korea, he met with North Korean defectors to highlight the human rights situation in the regime.
Nauert added in a statement that the U.S. regretted North Korea's "failure to seize this opportunity".
As the vice president left Asia, he revealed that the U.S.is ready to meet with North Korea, but he also made clear that the maximum pressure campaign will continue until the us sees changes in North Korea's behavior. "So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify. And that is what they need to understand", Tillerson said in an interview with CBS News which will be broadcast on Sunday.
Curry says there are an estimated 60,000 Christian believers who are working and starving in North Korea's labor camps, and they're the ones who managed to live when caught with a Bible by a neighbor who turned them in.