N Korea Cancels Meeting with US Vice President in S Korea

US Vice-President Mike Pence

was due to meet North Korean officials at the Winter Olympics last

week, US officials have said, but the North Koreans pulled out at the

last moment.

Pence was in South Korea for the opening of the Winter

Olympics.

A spokesman said he was scheduled to meet North Korean

leader Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, among others.

It would have been the first official interaction between North

Korea and the Trump administration.

North Korea has made no comment on the US reports.

North Korea’s attendance at the Winter Olympics was seen as a

major thaw in consistently tense relations on the Korean peninsula.

But, there were also concerns that Pyongyang, which has been widely

condemned for its repeated testing of nuclear weapons and

conventional missiles, was using the event simply to improve its

international image.

The US, among others, has warned against easing pressure on

the North Koreans to abandon their nuclear programme and improve

their human rights situation.

However, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has said he is

considering accepting an invitation to visit Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang.

It would be the first summit in more than a decade between Korean

leaders, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency