US IOC member suggests joint Korean team for Nobel Peace Prize

US IOC member suggests joint Korean team for Nobel Peace Prize

It says Kim Yo Jong, whose attendance at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has attracted wide attention, is "seen by some as her brother's answer to American first daughter Ivanka Trump".

Last year, North Korea conducted dozens of missile launches and its sixth and largest nuclear test in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions as it pursues its goal of developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the United States.

Kim on Saturday invited Moon to a summit in the North, an offer extended by his sister and special envoy Kim Yo Jong, who made history as the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to visit the South since the Korean War.

But he rejected any suggestion Sunday that even a temporary warming of relations between the North and South could drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.

The new plan was agreed upon during Pence's stay in South Korea last week, during which he had "substantive conversations" with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the newspaper reported.

The South Korean president has long stressed the importance of dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang.

On his flight to Alaska on Saturday, the vice president said he left Asia "encouraged that we will continue to work very closely to continue and intensify the maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea. "But if you want to talk, we'll talk", he added.

"They ignore all freedoms", Timothy, a North Korean refugee, said, according to Open Doors.

The warm North-South body language at the Games not only fanned talk of a split between Seoul and Washington, it contrasted with a cold encounter between South Korea and Japan, an ally in USA -led efforts to pressure North Korea.

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Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power past year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North and has pushed for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile program. Korean Workers' Party Central Committee newspaper Rodong Sinmun also warned the change course because "once the DPRK starts its decisive military strike, the mainland of the US, as well as its military bases in the Pacific area of operations, will never be safe".

Mattis said it's unclear "if using the Olympics in a way to reduce tension - if that's going to have any traction once the Olympics are over".

IOC Executive Board member Angela Ruggiero has claimed that a unified Korean women's ice hockey team also participating at Pyeongchang 2018 should receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Throughout his visit, observers said Pence seemed uncomfortable with the warm welcome the North Korean delegation received from the South.

Speaking at a sports diplomacy photo exhibition in Gangneung, a sub-host city of the February 9-25 games, he also touted the two Koreas' joint women's hockey team as carrying a significant meaning.

Despite sound engagement at the Winter Olympics, the the key to the North Korean nuclear issue and without its approval engagement with the North is unlikely to go far.

Even a small gesture of respect, the source said, could have led to a diplomatic opening between North Korea and the U.S. that would have helped to increase trust between the two countries.

The vice president's remarks provided a little more leverage for South Korea in its path-finding outreach to the North and could reduce potential strains in the U.S.

A senior Japanese defence official said North Korea's Games charm offensive could "simply be a way to gain time" until it completed its nuclear and ballistic missile development.

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