Pence slams 'menacing' North Korea parade while promoting Trump's planned military spectacle

Pence slams 'menacing' North Korea parade while promoting Trump's planned military spectacle

Pence slams 'menacing' North Korea parade while promoting Trump's planned military spectacle

Coach Sarah Murray, a Canadian, recalled pulling up for the game in Incheon and the crowd on the road outside split pretty evenly between people against the North Koreans joining the team and supporters waving flags showing the full Korean peninsula.

Earlier, at a VIP reception before the ceremony, Pence went around a table and shook hands with all the dignitaries except Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's 90-year-old nominal head of state.

Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was among a high-level delegation in the stands as the joint Korean women's ice hockey team took on Switzerland in their opening match.

Moon joined Pence in the arena and sat next to him, turned around to greet Warmbier, according to a White House pool report.

Howard said they had chose to work together "to show the world, this is what peace could look like when two leaders get along".

They said they felt no fear as they walked into the opening ceremony, where North Korea and South Korea would moments later march together in a show of solidarity after a decades-long bitter and sometimes bloody standoff.

Kim Yo Jong, 30, is an increasingly prominent figure in her brother's government and the first member of the North's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

But North Korea's bad record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind.

The North Korean delegation is set to return home Sunday.

"The Koreans will think it's a mood kill", said Frank Jannuzi, an expert on East Asia at the Mansfield Foundation in Washington.

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He added: "We get along personally, so I believe that Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, if they talked they'd probably get along".

North Korea's parade on Thursday was held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country's military, and featured hundreds of choreographed soldiers marching in formation, rows of missiles and lines of tanks. Instead, he'd be treating the occasion as work, a chance to send a message to North Korea that the time for "strategic patience" is over.

As it turned out, with the two Koreas celebrating a moment of unity, the United States was left outmaneuvered by an adversary and out of step with an ally. North Korea has jumped at the opportunity.

South Korea treated the ferry as an exception to maritime sanctions it imposed on the North so it could transport the artists to the South.

He said the secretary-general was also in "the same general area" as a number of other officials from Pyongyang including North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, "but they were never in any personal contact with each other".

Pence and Moon took two very different diplomatic approaches to the North Korean delegation's attendance at the games in Pyeongchang.

"You will inspire us by competing for the highest honour in the Olympic spirit of excellence, respect and fair play", said Bach.

"It's not a complete disaster", said James Schoff, former senior Pentagon adviser for East Asia policy.

"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 and ballistic missile program", Pence told reporters on his flight back to the United States.

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