North Korea Warns Against Resumption Joint US-South Korean Drills

Pauline Gross
February 20, 2018

The U.S. must avoid military action.

SEOUL-Officials from South Korea secretly traveled to Pyongyang at least twice late a year ago to coordinate North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a move that later miffed the United States, sources said.

This may only delay stronger sanctions but it could dial down the scary, macho rhetoric that's put the region on edge.

"We are not using a carrot to convince them to talk, we are using large sticks - and that is what they need to understand", he said. Korea - bolstered by seven North American imports - was playing its third-ever Olympic game and four years ago didn't own a skate-sharpener or glove-dryer. Meanwhile, Pence warned that the North was simply using South Korea to fuel its propaganda, and hijack the event with its messaging. Can its people watch them and other Olympic Games on television? If having a North Korean team of athletes compete in the Winter Games and having Kim Jong-un's sister visit in support of them helped to thaw relations between North and South Korea even a little, that's a positive step in the right direction.

When Pope Francis visited South Korea in 2014, Mi Jin was invited by the Korean bishops to see Francis face-to-face, in the front row of the beatification Mass for 124 Korean martyrs.


US provokes Korean War Korea was split in two by Washington, with the connivance of Moscow, as the second imperialist world war wound down in 1945. Start with talks, and be prepared to pursue stricter sanctions and improved statecraft. Now, the work must be done to advance dialogue to with North Korea, eventually thawing tensions enough for the consider talks.

North Korea's participation in the 2018 Olympics came at the last minute after many months of behind the scenes diplomatic talks. Without telling its people how it could get the feed, North Korea has been broadcasting Olympic highlights and FIFA World Cup soccer matches in recent decades - usually with a delay of a day or two. As U.S. forces drove into the north, the Chinese government sent troops to aid the Koreans.

Despite Trump's bluster, that may be the primary plan. "He invited the South Korean President, who went to Pyongyang".

South Korean government officials have offered assurances that their joint military exercises with the United States, which were pre-empted by the Winter Olympic Games, will proceed despite North Korea's recent efforts to rebuild ties with Seoul by inviting President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang.

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