The high-level delegation of North Korea returned to Pyongyang on Sunday night (Feb 11) after making a three-day visit to South Korea from Friday (Feb 9).
There, she captured worldwide headlines by shaking hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, cheering on the joint Korean ice hockey team with him and extending her brother’s invitation to an upcoming summit in Pyongyang.
When asked if Bach should be proposed for the prize, after helping broker North Korea’s attendance, Adams said: “There’s no formal discussion yet at all”.
Seoul on Wednesday approved a $2.6 million budget to cover expenses for North Koreans visiting for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, officials said, after the North’s leader praised the South’s hospitality.
The South Korean president Moon Jae-in took some heat over his hospitality to North Korean delegates, but he gave some indication that he remains cautious about Kim Jong-un.
It’s not that she is opposed to attempts at unification, but that the North stole the South’s thunder.
Kim Yo Jong’s visit marked the first time since the two countries split after World War II that a member of the ruling Kim family visited the South.
“If “diplomatic dance” were an event at the Winter Olympics”, CNN crooned, then “Kim Jong-un’s younger sister would be favored to win gold”.
Pence also suggested that while potential talks could take place, “new strong sanctions are coming very soon” and the pressure on North Korea will “intensify until North Korea abandons its nuclear program”. The two nations marched together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony of the Games.
He also thanked the South Korean president for showing great commitment to the games’ success.
The warm North-South body language at the Games not only fanned talk of a split between Seoul and Washington, it contrasted with a cold encounter between South Korea and Japan, an ally in US-led efforts to pressure North Korea.
North Korea defends its weapons programs as essential to counter USA aggression, saying regular war drills between the United States and the South are preparations for invasion.
South Korea hosted the Summer Games in 1988; that year, North Korea refused to participate.
Mr Pence said that the United States would continue imposing sanctions and putting pressure on Pyongyang, but added that it was open to talks.
The statement has come at a time when the USA president Donald Trump has agreed to have all joint military exercise between the United States military and their counterparts in South Korea halted until the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics come to an end.