North Korea cancels meeting with Vice President

Half of South Korean seniors now live in relative poverty- the highest rate by far in the industrialized world

"President Trump said that I could notify him at any time if help was needed in the process of carrying out inter-Korean dialogue and that he supported me 100 percent", Moon told the magazine Monocle in an interview published on Thursday.

Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said that the planned meeting - first reported by The Washington Post - would have included an "uncompromising message" delivered by Pence about the "maximum pressure campaign" the Trump administration is waging to try to deter North Korea from proceeding with its nuclear program.

The meeting delayed the banquet's start by about half an hour.

A potential high-level interaction between the USA and North Korea, which would have broken years of estrangement between the two countries, loomed prominently over the Winter Games, where North Korea made a last-minute move to send its athletes to compete on a combined team with South Korea, the host of the games. White House officials said Trump has no plans to meet with North Korean officials.

"I am honored to lead the US delegation to the closing ceremonies of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics", Trump said in a statement.

A U.S. -North Korea near-miss caused a great deal of controversy at the opening ceremony of the games, when U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife were seated in the VIP box with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Meanwhile, South Korean government officials appear to be glossing over the incident in hopes to improve relations on the Korean peninsula.

She was given the red-carpet treatment in Seoul as the leader of the US delegation as she landed at Incheon International Airport on a commercial airline, Korean Air, on Friday.

The North sent 22 athletes to compete on a unified squad with South Korea as well as an art troupe and more than 200 members of Kim's "Army of Beauties" cheerleaders.

Signs of a North-South thaw have prompted speculation about the possibility of direct U.S.

Earlier this week, the US government said Pence had been set to meet North Korean officials during his visit to South Korea, but that the North Korean side canceled at the last minute.

The White House has emphasized that the objective of her visit is to celebrate the achievements of the athletes, noting that she is a winter sports enthusiast herself. Moon is scheduled to host her for dinner in Seoul on Friday and she will attend the Olympic Games on Saturday and the closing ceremony on Sunday.



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