Whoopi Goldberg: Mike Pence didn't show North Korea enough 'respect' at Olympics

This image shows the U.S. and North Korean flags against the backdrop of South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae

There are concerns the North is trying to drive a wedge in the South Korea-U.S. alliance.

"However, without a fundamental shift in North Korea's calculus about their nuclear program, the talks will probably not make much progress".

However, the punitive actions would not go as far as pursuing "bloody-nose strike", a preventive strike scheme created to attack North Korea nuclear and missile facilities, which some Trump's military advisers believe can reduce the risk of escalating into an all-out war, the analysts said.

But he said the White House was willing to "sit down and talk with the regime while that pressure campaign is ongoing". "All our allies agree!"

North Korea's Kim family are the greatest abusers of human rights on the planet today. Previously, senior United States officials - starting with President Donald Trump - have insisted that talking to the North Korean government was of no use to America.

While heaping praise on North Korea and its diplomacy, the New York Times had nothing good to say about US political presence, criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for remaining seated when the unified Korean team marched into the stadium and for failing to appear at a dinner hosted by the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, before the opening ceremony. Some reports claimed Pence's presence at the Olympics signaled a new willingness to sit down for talks with North Korea. Moon reportedly assured Pence he would tell the North Koreans clearly that they would not get economic or diplomatic concessions just for talking, but only for taking concrete steps toward denuclearization.

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CNN said she was stealing the show . "She has given the secretive regime a human face", wrote BBC correspondent Laura Bicker. Mr Pence came face to face with Ms Kim at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, but they did not interact.

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Pence also helmed the announcement of massive new sanctions on North Korea in the days leading up to the Olympics, a move that represents a "continuation of the U.S.'s maximum pressure campaign to get them to halt their nuclear pursuits", one senior US official said. As part of Washington's maximum pressure on Kim Jong Un's regime, the USA has imposed harsh economic sanctions that will deprive North Korea of the resources that it's using as fuel for its weapons program.

With US President Donald Trump's administration raising the prospect for direct talks with North Korea amid an inter-Korean Olympics detente, the US should pursue dialogue if Pyongyang continues to suspend nuclear and missile tests until after the Olympics, Washington-based security scholars said.

"We'll have to have some discussions that precede any form of negotiations to determine whether the parties are in fact ready to engage in something that is meaningful", he said. We would then know this is just another ruse to gain time to build evermore advanced nuclear weapons or missiles that can hit the USA homeland, or to extract sanctions or perhaps the cancellation of joint U.S.

"Despite Mike Pence's sabotage, North Korea's "charm offensive" appears to be working", the title announced Saturday.

"The [vice president and president] will continue to apply maximum pressure and keep all means necessary on the table to denuclearize the Korean peninsula", the official said.

The White NSC has shown a shift in tone, as well. Then they wonder why we don't trust them.


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