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'Protocol headache' for SK Winter Olympics

North Korean cheering squads arrive at the Korean-transit office on their way to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Ahn Young-joon-Pool  Getty Images North Korean cheering squads arrive at the Korean-transit office on their way to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Ahn Young-joon-Pool Getty Images
Glenn Montgomery | 09 February, 2018, 07:09

The opening will also be attended by U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, who vowed tough new sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programnes on Wednesday and called it the world's most tyrannical regime.

"We have never begged for talks with the United States and it will be the same ahead", the Korean Central News Agency quoted a senior Foreign Ministry official as saying.

If Pence or other high-ranking US officials meet with the North Koreans at the Winter Olympics, that could be a significant breakthrough in the US-North Korean standoff over its nuclear program, analysts say.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shake hands before holding talks at Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on February 8, 2018.

"We see Mt Kumgang tours as a project which holds an importance for inter-Korean relations", the ministry said in a written statement to Reuters. She is the first person from the ruling Kim family to visit South Korea.

Vice President Mike Pence is trying to counter North Korean "propaganda" around the Winter Olympics with his own symbolism and rhetoric, shining a spotlight on the North's nuclear weapons program and human rights abuses.

Pence had appeared to be open to possible engagement before landing in Japan on Tuesday, but the USA vice president took a much harsher tone following his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

This would be the first time since October 2014, when an air trip was made by a North Korean delegation.

Kim Jong-un was shown walking on a red carpet with his wife at the beginning of the event, which North Korea's state-run television broadcast hours after it was over. "Kim Jong-nam, the leader's half brother, was assassinated by apparent North Korean agents at Kuala Lumpur worldwide airport in Malaysia previous year".

Park Jong-ah of the Korean unified women's ice hockey team celebrates after scoring a goal during a friendly match against Sweden Feb. 4 in Incheon, South Korea.

Only Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK's Supreme People's Assembly, will participate in a reception before the opening ceremony hosted by Moon, who will then meet the full delegation for lunch on Saturday.

Pyongyang on Monday informed Seoul that Kim Yong Nam, the highest-level North Korean official among those traveling to the South, would be its chief delegate to the PyeongChang Olympics. Considered to be the key player in Kim Jong Un's secretive regime, her bloodline gives her an unmatched status among North Korean elites. He wants to weaken worldwide sanctions in any way he can, but that must not happen until North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons.

"(I) urge the Chinese government to take a bigger role to facilitate inter-Korean talks leading to US-North Korea talks".

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