Norovirus cases more than double ahead of PyeongChang Olympics
- Author: Terrell Bush Feb 08, 2018,
Feb 08, 2018, 7:17
North Korea's Central Committee Political Bureau last month announced it will move the anniversary of the founding of the military to February 8th, the day the military was officially founded in 1948.
The war-separated Koreas are co-operating on a series of conciliatory measures during the Olympics, which the South sees as an opportunity to ease tensions with the North following an extended period of animosity over its nuclear weapon and missile programs.
The North Korean tabloid Chosun Ibo also speculated that beer has been in works since at least 2015, after that the leader of the country, Kim Jong-un, complained that beers imported from South Korea are too bland.
But the trip could become a source of contention between Seoul and Washington, as she was blacklisted past year by the U.S. Treasury Department over human rights abuses and censorship, while Choe faces a travel ban under UN Security Council sanctions.
"North Korea knows that to increase the survivability of their missiles is to produce a lot of them, and to keep them continually moving on roads and submarines", Hanham said.
The U.S. State Department has said that the U.S. government would if "prefer" Kim's display of military might didn't take place.
The news from the White House, reported by the Associated Press, comes a couple of days after President Donald Trump told South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a phone call that he would send high-level representatives to the games-including his own family.
Before beginning his trip to Japan, Pence visited Alaska with a stop at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, where he reviewed US military capabilities. He touted the coming deployment of an additional 20 ground-based interceptors that would respond to an enemy launch.
Officials said Wednesday that the North Korean leader's sister, an increasingly prominent figure in the country's leadership, will be part of the North's delegation to the Olympics.
"He & his wife remind the world of the atrocities happening in N Korea", Pence tweeted Monday before departing Washington.
The U.S. delegation will be led by Vice President Pence. But it would not be the first time Trump administration officials have sat face-to-face with North Korean diplomats.
"North Korea can have a better future than the militaristic path, the path of provocation and confrontation that it's on".
Japan has already complained to South Korea about fans waving a Korean peninsula flag at a friendly women's ice hockey match on Sunday between the combined North and South Korean team and Sweden.
A statement issued by the North's official KCNA news agency Wednesday denounced the protesters as "a spasm of psychopaths".
South Korea wants to use the event to re-engage with North Korea and open the way for talks to resolve one of the world's most risky crises, in which U.S. President Donald Trump and Pyongyang have swapped nuclear threats. The isolated country has proven it can launch missiles of sufficient range, but has yet to develop a vehicle that can withstand the hazards of atmospheric re-entry.