US administration officials confirmed that Vice President Mike Pence was slated to sit down with Kim Yo Jung, sister of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, on Feb. 10 — after The Washington Post reported about the meeting.
The rare meeting was planned to take place on that Saturday afternoon at South Korea’s Blue House, the paper said.
But North Korea pulled out two hours before what would have been a historic meeting.
The hermit kingdom’s sudden interest in the Winter Olympics — and South Korea’s embrace of its northern rivals — has thrown the US for a loop.
The White House believes Pyongyang sent athletes and a delegation to South Korea to score cheap publicity points.
Pence’s office insisted the vice president’s trip of PyeongChang played a key role in reminding everyone that North Korea has no interest in joining the world community, ending its nuclear ambitions or granting freedom to its citizens.
“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, told the Washington Post.
“North Korea would have strongly preferred the vice president not use the world stage to call attention to those absolute facts or to display our strong alliance with those committed to the maximum pressure campaign. But as we’ve said from day one about the trip: this administration will stand in the way of Kim’s desire to whitewash their murderous regime with nice photo ops at the Olympics.”Print This Post To toggle between English & Malayalam Press CTRL+g