Corresponding to Rt News,on the flight back from the Olympic Winter Games venue in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Vice President Mike Pence assured reporters that the goal of isolating Pyongyang economically and diplomatically was shared by Tokyo and Seoul.
During an informal discussion with reporters in the plane that was driving him back to the United States after his visit to South Korea, US Vice President Mike Pence opened to reporters off. According to Reuters, he said on this occasion: “There is no disagreement between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on how to proceed with respect to North Korea: the isolate on its nuclear weapons program, economically and diplomatically, until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program. ”
According to the same agency, a member of the US administration also ruled that South Korea and Japan “constitute strong allies in the pursuit of economic sanctions and their intensification”.
In January, a White House spokesman told the press that US Vice President Mike Pence was present at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games. According to this statement, he was to attend in order to counter the supposed efforts of Pyongyang to “short-circuit” the event with a communication campaign.
A vocabulary picked up by the Vice President of the United States himself, according to the American magazine Time, which estimates that Mike Pence spent the days before the opening ceremony of February 9 “to warn the media that North Korea was going to “short-circuit” the message and image of the Olympic Games, with its “propaganda”. ”
Yesterday, some 800 South Koreans carrying South Korean, American and Israeli flags demonstrated at Pyeongchang.
Time Magazine’s article also points to the fact that Mike Pence applauded only the US Olympic delegation during the opening ceremony and was “stuck” during the joint Korean-Korean team parade. , while South Korean President Moon Jae-in and officials sent by Pyongyang applauded energetically.
According to Time Magazine, some observers felt that the attitude of the US vice-president, who refused to rise while the joint team of athletes parade, could “constitute a mark of disrespect towards the host country. the games “, in this case South Korea.
Will the thaw in relations between the two Koreas be disrupted?
Mike Pence’s comments come as a historic thaw in relations between the two Koreas seems to be coming to fruition.
Present at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Kim Jong-un’s sister sent an invitation to a summit in Pyongyang to the South Korean president. “Let’s make it happen,” replied the latter, while posing a condition for a resumption of dialogue between North and Washington.
According to the invitation, sent by Kim Yo-jong, sister of the North Korean number one, he wants to meet Moon Jae-in “as soon as possible,” according to a spokesman for the South Korean presidency.