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North Korea showed no willingness to talk to Vice President in PyeongChang

NHK reported this morning that according to U.S. and Japanese diplomatic sources, although South Korean President Moon urged Vice President Pence to talk with the North Korean delegation during the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics on Feb. 9, the Vice President did not speak to the North Koreans since they showed no readiness to talk. The network conjectured that the Vice President left the pre-ceremony reception hosted by President Moon after about five minutes because the North Koreans did not show a willingness to hold dialogue.

 

The network also said that the USG had reportedly notified the GOJ in advance that if a dialogue were held with the North Koreans, the U.S. would tell the North that it would not agree to serious talks if North Korea failed to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and the U.S. would continue to maximize pressure unless this promise were kept. The network added that PM Abe probably held a brief conversation with Kim Yong Nam, the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea, because the premier did not want the abduction issue to be overlooked.

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