Top US nuke envoy says Washington wants talks with NK for denuclearization

Athletes from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are in South Korea, getting ready to compete when the Pyeongchang Winter Games get underway in just one week.

"Hundreds of missiles and rockets" will be on display, according to CNN's Will Ripley. In 2017 alone, the repressive regime in North Korea under the leadership of Kim Jong Un launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles for testing including one in late November which was known as Hwasong-15.

They also didn't rule out a missile test "in the near future" to send a strong message to American forces now deployed in the region.

Trump also lashed out at widespread human rights abuses under the regime and highlighted the case of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died past year shortly after being released from a 17-month-long detention in North Korea.

The decision reflects Japan's concern that escalating tensions could lead to a military clash between Washington and Pyongyang, possibly after the Winter Games conclude in Pyeongchang, the sources said Friday. However, the process has not been smooth.

The Washington Post reports that Trump will meet with eight North Koreans who escaped the country and defected to South Korea and the USA, a move likely to spark condemnations by Kim Jong Un's government.

South Koreans hold high expectations on easing the relations between the two sides through the Olympic Games.

North Korean figure skater Ryom Tae-ok waves as she enters Gangneung Olympic Village in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 1, 2018, to get ready for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Pyongyang's annual military parade to mark the founding of its armed forces has taken place in April for 40 years. By banning foreign press, North Korea controls all of the imagery the world sees. The top North Korean authority asked the United Nations chief not to remain a mute spectator against what he called "the U.S. risky game of aggravating (the) situation in and around the Korean peninsula and driving the whole world into a possible disaster of nuclear war".

On Tuesday, the White House said it was no longer considering Victor Cha, a former official who has questioned the wisdom of a preventative strike, for the post of the next USA ambassador to South Korea.

Trump said that history had taught us times without number that concessions and complacency served only to invite provocation and aggression from US's adversaries.

  • Leroy Wright