PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — North Korea says it isn’t occupied with meeting US VP Mike Pence while he is in South Korea for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
With Pyongyang sending a senior designation — including Kim Jong Un’s more youthful sister — gossipy tidbits had coursed such a gathering could be in progress. A best Foreign Ministry official appeared to decide that out in remarks conveyed by the North’s state-run media on Thursday.
“We have no goal to meet with the U.S. side amid the stay in South Korea,” the authority was cited as saying. “We are not going to utilize such a games celebration as the Winter Olympics as a political lever. There is no compelling reason to do as such.”
Pence was to land in South Korea from Japan on Thursday and move to Pyeongchang on Friday.
Kim’s sister, the primary individual from the North’s decision family to ever visit South Korea, is relied upon to go ahead Friday only in front of the opening function. North Korea’s ostensible head of state and senior statesman, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam, is relied upon to join her.
The state of mind has barely been helpful for any U.S.- North Korea meeting notwithstanding the nearness in Pyeongchang.
Washington has been venturing up its hostile to Pyongyang talk while North Korea has been endeavoring to utilize the Olympics as a chance to ease strains with South Korea. Some observe Pyongyang’s mollifying signals toward Seoul as a figured move to drive a wedge between the U.S. furthermore, its partner.
On the off chance that that is the situation, it might as of now be paying off for Kim Jong Un.
In light of a North Korean ask for, Seoul has consented to delay yearly military moves with the U.S. until after the diversions are finished and has requested a few authorizations to be deferred so more contacts and trades with the North can be made.
Pence, then, is adopting a positively hard-line strategy.
Before withdrawing for South Korea, he reported the U.S. would reveal in the coming days “the hardest and most forceful round of financial endorses on North Korea ever.” Pyongyang is as of now the subject of far reaching assents and points of interest of what the U.S. might focus next still can’t seem to be reported.
He is additionally bringing as his own visitor Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American who kicked the bucket a year ago days after his discharge from bondage in North Korea.
The North has denied abusing Otto Warmbier, despite the fact that what caused his demise remains a puzzle, and Pence’s choice to convey his dad to the amusements is certain to be found in Pyongyang as an extremely provocative move.
All things being equal, Pence and different U.S. authorities appeared to be available to the likelihood of a gathering, regardless of whether they were not currently looking for one.
At the point when inquired as to whether he would have a type of communication, Pence had said “we’ll see what happens.” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told columnists Wednesday that Pence is “very equipped for deciding” on whether to meet with North Korean authorities at the Olympics.
With the North’s position now official, he most likely won’t need to.