Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Before the Games, a Competition to Chase North Koreans

Before the Games, a Competition to Chase North Koreans

According to the media, the USA president may meet with eight defectors, six of whom live in South Korea and two in the United States. It is extremely unusual for North Koreans to travel aboard a South Korean plane, with most past visits, including the hockey players' arrival, made across the heavily fortified land border.

In the 74-page report released Friday, the Pentagon expressed concern over North Korea, Iran and China but outlined a particularly strong response to Russia's nuclear threat.

Also among Trump's guests: the parents of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died of injuries suffered in North Korean custody.

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has distanced himself somewhat from the two-state solution - the outcome favored by the global community, including Trump's predecessors, for the past two decades.

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The ministry said the North was also angry over media reports about a possible military parade to be held February 8, a day before the opening of the Games.

"We ran out of road", Trump said.

US officials said the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service was helping South Korean authorities with security, a role it has undertaken at every Olympics since the 1976 Montreal games.

The decision reflects Japan's concern that escalating tensions could lead to a military clash between Washington and Pyongyang, possibly after the Winter Games conclude in Pyeongchang, the sources said Friday.

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North Korea's launched its last test missile-one it claimed could reach anywhere in the mainland United States-in late November.

The athletes in the delegation included the figure skating pair Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik, who were the first athletes from North Korea to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

Media reports have said China expressed opposition to the idea of the U.S. undertaking a "preventive war" against the North, known as a "bloody nose" strike. The real question is: "Is North Korea strategy changing?"

Lee Hee-beom, the chief organizer for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, called for "emergency measures" to boost ticket sales for the quadrennial event on Thursday.

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Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister of the DPRK, has accused the United States of undermining inter-Korean reconciliation process and aggravating the situation on the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday in a letter sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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