The Media's Olympic-Level North Korea Fawning Is a Disgrace

Kim Yong Nam Kim Yo Jong Mike Pence

Kim Yong Nam Kim Yo Jong Mike Pence

North Korea is subject to heavy United Nations and U.S. sanctions created to pressure the reclusive, one-party state to abandon its development of nuclear and ballistic missiles.

A North Korean delegation, the highest-ranking to visit the South and led by the younger sister of the North's leader Kim Jong Un, concluded its visit on Sunday after charming and intriguing the South Korean public, but still faces deep scepticism over Pyongyang's sincerity towards improving relations.

Last month, the North agreed with South Korea to send 22 athletes and a 230-strong cheering squad to the winter Games.

Moon gave qualified consent to holding a future summit with Kim, the first between the two Koreas since 2007.

Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, delivered a letter inviting Moon to a summit in Pyongyang during meetings held around the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

It's the final stop on a six-day trip that Pence had hoped would increase pressure on North Korea as it seeks to use the games to pursue an opening with the South.

Regarding the invitation, the White House told Yonhap News that Washington is closely cooperating with the South in order to produce a "united response" to Pyongyang.


Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power previous 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.

North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam, who heads the delegation, responded by saying the two Koreas could overcome "unexpected difficulties" when "having a firm will and taking courage and determination to usher in a new heyday of inter-Korean relations", according to KCNA.

However, South Korea's main opposition party warned any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear programme was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy".

He also insisted that Washington was on the same page with its allies, saying "there is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program".

Take, for example, the following headlines - ones you'd normally expect to find in North Korea's state-run media.

The South Korean government said Sunday that Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon would host a high-level luncheon at a hotel in eastern Seoul for ten North Korean delegates and 12 members from the South including Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and Culture Minister Do Jong-hwan.

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