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
Pence was in South Korea for the opening of the Winter
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
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