Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

North Korea shows off its military might ahead of Olympic Games

North Korea shows off its military might ahead of Olympic Games

This comes nearly a fortnight after the North Korean dictator's rumoured girlfriend Hyon Song-wol arrived in South Korea ahead of the Winter Olympics to monitor preparations of a North Korean art troupe she is leading.

The only sister of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, will visit South Korea this week, the first immediate member of the North's ruling family ever to set foot in the South, officials said on Wednesday.

"South Korea and the United States learned that North Korea's military parade started at 11.30am [Seoul time] at Kim Il-sung Square in the capital city", the South's Yonhap news agency said, quoting an unnamed source.

He added that Mr Moon will hold a luncheon with the North Korean delegates on Saturday.

Mr Pence is pushing South Korea to adopt a more hawkish stance towards Pyongyang and warning against North Korean "propaganda" efforts at the games. "There are no plans to do so", she told reports.

The parade has been highly anticipated, as North Korea held it on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Moon's government is reportedly consulting the United States to ensure they do not run afoul of sanctions in welcoming North Korean officials to the country.

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

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

Cho addressed Trump's predilection for bombastic speech in declining any chance to meet with Pence or the US delegation while in South Korea.

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. "Korean-leader, -vows-US-support" target="_blank">Associated Press, as Pence professed "unshakeable" resolve to support the U.S. Kim Jong-Nam, the leader's half brother, was assassinated previous year by apparent North Korean agents at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.

"I have not requested a meeting, but we'll see what happens", he said. It was led by three top officials, Hwang Pyong-so, Choe Ryong-hae and Kim Yang-gon, who visited Incheon to attend the closing ceremony of the Asian Games.

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