The meeting was set to go ahead February 10, 2018, but the North Koreans pulled out less than two hours before.
North Korea will send a delegation led by Kim Yong Chol, a former spymaster subject to both South Korean and USA sanctions, to attend Sunday's closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, and the group plans to meet with President Moon Jae-in.
Vice President Pence had originally been scheduled to meet with Kim Yo-jong and her delegation from the North.
"The Blue House will not facilitate a meeting between Ivanka and North Korea's high-level delegation", a government spokesman said.
She blasted the planned visit as a "unprecedented humiliation" for the South.
"We hope the United States and the DPRK will seize the opportunity, show sincerity and meet each other half way", Geng said.
That amount is a fraction of the spending on the rest of the poor, heavily sanctioned North's main delegation to the Winter Olympics, which included 229 cheerleaders and a 137-strong orchestra.Читайте также: Rubio defends NRA donations: 'People buy into my agenda'
On a press call Wednesday, senior administration officials explained that Huckabee Sanders was tagging along too because she is a "senior member of this administration" and 'a trusted adviser the president.' It helped that she's a woman, too.
According to The Post, the goal of the meeting was to convey the United States stance on sanctions and denuclearization, rather than open the door to negotiations.
"Perhaps that is why they walked away from the meeting or perhaps they were never honest about sitting down".
They had planned to meet secretly while in South Korea, but USA officials said Pyongyang scrapped the plan after Pence denounced North Korea's "murderous regime".
The Post said North Korea confirmed the meeting the morning of the day it was to take place but pulled out hours later.
"We are investigating", he told a daily news briefing.
A parishioner of St. Andrew Kim in St. Paul, Kim is one of many parishioners enjoying the Olympics from afar as South Korea hosts the 2018 Winter Games. North Korea is gunning for that No. 1 spot among the world's most petulant political trolls, with the 2018 Winter Olympics serving as its latest launchpad.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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