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Red carpet welcome for Ivanka Trump at Pyeongchang

Red carpet welcome for Ivanka Trump at Pyeongchang Red carpet welcome for Ivanka Trump at Pyeongchang
Bennie Garza | 26 February, 2018, 07:07

Ivanka Trump visits the USA House on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.Marianna Massey/GettyIvanka Trump, President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, arrived in South Korea on Friday to meet with the country's president, cheer on American athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics, and lead the U.S. delegation into the closing ceremony, which takes place on February 25.

The rapprochement between the two Koreas has been seen as a move by the North to drive a wedge between the South and the US.

The US followed through on its promise of intensification Friday, announcing a new raft of sanctions against 27 entities and 28 vessels either registered or flagged in several countries, including North Korea, China and Singapore.

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics ended as it started with geopolitics being played out in a packed stadium and in front of a global television audience.

Writing in the Daily Beast on Friday, in a piece headlined "Ivanka Trump Struggles With Winter Olympics Charm Offensive", Donald Kirk wondered about Ivanka and Kim Yo Jong, "which de facto ambassador won the charm offensive at the Winter Games?"

Moon met Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state, a day after the opening ceremony and urged North Korea to do more to engage in a dialogue with the United States.

South Korea scored again in the sixth end, this time taking a single point when Kim was forced to tap-up and stay with her own stone for one point.

Gen Kim has been accused of orchestrating attacks on the Cheonan warship and Yeonpyeong Island in 2010, leading to the death of 46 South Korean sailors.

Conservative lawmakers and families of the victims of the sinking held a rally to block his trip to the South on the route to the customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) office in Paju.

Moon said talks should happen as soon as possible, CNN's Will Ripley tweeted.

In 2005, during the so-called Sunshine policy of engagement with the North, South Korea's Samsung featured a North Korean dancer and a K-pop singer in a cellphone commercial - the kind of step no company appears willing to take now.

Pyongyang has not yet commented. "But if you want to talk, we'll talk", Pence said.

However, the United States has insisted that concrete steps towards denuclearisation take place first.

The vice president also emphasized that the USA would maintain "maximum pressure" by increasing unilateral sanctions on North Korea, and being prepared to take military action, if necessary, to force the Kim government to give up its nuclear program before any talks can take place.

In addition to her presence at the Olympics' closing ceremony Sunday, a high-level North Korean delegation will also attend.

Could there be a breakthrough this time?

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North Korea's Kim Yong-chol, right, shakes hands with South Korean Col. Kil Jang-sub, left, as a North Korean delegation crosses the border into South Korea for a meeting at the border village of Panmunjom, May 18, 2006 in South Korea.

However, shortly before that encounter was to take place, North Korea cancelled the talk, according to the US.

Accompanying Trump was Allison Hooker, the National Security Council official in charge of Korean affairs, fueling speculation that some kind of meeting might be in the works behind the scenes.

"So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify".

In a sign that North Korea hopes to drive a wedge between South Korea and the U.S., a Pyongyang state official said yesterday Kim's nuclear weapons were never meant to be aimed at the South, and would only ever be used against the US.

North Korea responded with its own threats Sunday, saying that "if the United States has indeed the guts to confront us in a "rough" manner, we will not necessarily take the trouble to stop it".

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