Younger Sister of North Korean Leader Prepares for Spotlight

Day three in South Korea North to the DMZ

Day three in South Korea North to the DMZ

Analysts say that with the dual approach, the North is looking to normalise its status as a "de facto nuclear state", and could be trying to weaken sanctions against it or drive a wedge between the South and its ally the US.

The 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea start Thursday and White House correspondent Saagar Enjeti is breaking down how the United States will deal with the North Korean delegation.

A North Korean delegation including Kim Jong-Un's sister Kim Yo-Jong will likely be in attendance.

Each wore a stunning red coat with matching fur hats, collars and cuffs.

"We will continue to intensify our maximum pressure campaign until North Korea takes concrete steps toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization", Pence said.

She will be part of a high-level 22-member delegation that experts say is part of a campaign to fix relations with South Korea and begin talks with the U.S.to ease sanctions on the isolated communist regime.

Pence began his trip with a visit to Alaska, where he received a briefing on the U.S. missile defense system with U.S. Northern Command and highlighted the upcoming deployment of an additional 20 ground-based interceptors that will be ready to respond to a North Korean launch.

All told, the North's delegation is expected to number in the hundreds - including about 22 athletes, various officials, 140 people in the Samjiyon Band, a taekwondo exhibition team and an all-female cheering group that always draws lots of attention from Japanese and South Korean television networks. The two leaders reaffirmed the alliance between the USA and South Korea.

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The women prepared soup and rice noodles for police officers and firefighters working in the cold rain early Thursday. Officials from Hualien fire department said 149 people had been rescued from damaged buildings.

South Korea's United Nations mission told the Security Council committee the delegation was expected to attend the opening ceremonies on Friday and stay until Sunday.

He has also been a vocal critic of any use of military force against North Korea, which is being considered as an option in the Trump administration.

Pence told reporters that part of the goal of his visit was to tell "the truth about North Korea at every stop".

At a minimum, the lunch provides an opportunity for Mr. Moon to make clear directly to the North Korean leaders the risks and costs of failing to ease tensions, fueled mainly by the North's accelerated push to develop its arsenal of nuclear warheads and the missiles with which to deliver them. A North Korean Foreign Ministry official seemed to rule out a potential meeting with US officials in the North's state-run media on Thursday, but Pence suggested to reporters that it was still a possibility.

Seoul had to waive sanctions in place since 2010 on North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel to allow the ship to enter this time.

He also ratcheted up his rhetoric on the North's human rights abuses in a speech to USA service members at Yokota Air Base in Japan.

"We are not going to use such a sports festival as the Winter Olympics as a political lever", the official reportedly said.

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