Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

North Korea slams Trump's State of the Union address

North Korea slams Trump's State of the Union address

U.S. Vice President plans to use his attendance at the Winter Olympics in next month to try to counter what he sees as North Korean leader ´s effort to "hijack" the games with a propaganda campaign, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Kim - who is not a close blood relative of leader Kim Jong-Un - will arrive on Friday for a three-day visit, accompanied by three other officials and 18 support staff, the ministry said it had been told by Pyongyang.

The joint North and South Korean women's ice hockey team has lost its first match - a friendly against Sweden - before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Former President George W. Bush met with defectors in the Oval in 2006, during the Six-Party Talks with the North, the United States, South Korea, China, Japan and Russian Federation.

The two Koreas' athletes will march under one flag at the opening ceremony.

South Korea reportedly tries to make contact with the North at least once a day.

Mr. Pompeo admitted that president trump's tough stunt on North Korea had yielded a sense of progress and seriousness in dealing with the threat that Kim Jong Un poses to the U.S. and her allies.

On Saturday, two members of the North's official Olympic delegation were found to have come to South Korea despite having no IOC-issued accreditations. It is also sending hundreds of delegates, cheerleaders and performers.

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But Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dipped 0.1 percent to 32,843.20 and China's Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.9 percent to 3,449.93. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose $1.07, or 1.7 percent, to settle at $65.80 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Tough worldwide sanctions, including travel restrictions and a ban on the sale of luxury goods and sports gear, have complicated South Korean Olympic organisers' efforts to provide their northern neighbours the same benefits available to other Olympians.

Also in his address, Trump honoured Ji Seong-ho, a North Korean defector with only one arm and one leg who made a dramatic, 6,000-mile journey to the South after suffering severe discrimination and torture at home.

Get ready for more than 2,400 hours of skiing, skating, bobsledding, curling, luge and more as NBC and its partner networks broadcast the games of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The unification flag hung next to the Swedish flag in the arena and the Korean folk song "Arirang", which dates back more than 600 years, blared from the speakers instead of the national anthems of the two Koreas before the game.

Ri Yong Ho urged the United Nations not to remain silent about what he called "the US unsafe game of aggravating (the) situation in and around the Korean peninsula and driving the whole world into a possible disaster of nuclear war".

US officials have been issuing mixed messages throughout January surrounding ongoing inter-Korean talks and whether or not they can snowball into broader negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington on the topic of denuclearization.

While it has repeatedly said it prefers a diplomatic solution, Trump has exchanged threats with Kim and USA officials have said the president and his advisers have discussed a preventative "bloody nose" strike on North Korea, alarming experts who warn that this could trigger catastrophic retaliation, especially on South Korea.

Satellite photos have shown North Korean soldiers and armoured vehicles apparently rehearsing for a parade that could be seen as a show of military strength.

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