USA and Japan press united front as Seoul wavers on sanctions

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Panmunjom: North and South Korea, the Olympic thaw in relations has led to more tourists and VIPs and fewer security incidents, tour operators and worldwide soldiers stationed there say.

The Vice President on Wednesday said the U.S. Treasury Department would soon impose fresh unilateral sanctions on the North.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister will visit the South for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Seoul said yesterday - the first member of its ruling family to do so.

White House officials say Pence is traveling to Alaska, Japan, and South Korea to ensure North Korea doesn't "hijack" the games. Abe said he wanted the meetings to show that "the solid relationship of cooperation among Japan, the USA and South Korea remains unshaken".

Spearheaded by the US, the global community has been imposing tougher sanctions created to punish North Korea's economy in an effort to rein in its nuclear program.

Even in 2016, North Korean athletes were unable to accept the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phones, as their Olympic committee reportedly withheld it from their 31 attending athletes.

Pence has voiced scepticism that the North, which is participating in the Games, will use the event for crude propaganda.

Since inter-Korean talks began last month, however, South Korean and worldwide troops report fewer cross-border incidents by the North Koreans, Watt said, raising hopes that tensions could ease.

The cheerleaders who arrived over the border today were part of a delegation of 280 from North Korea to support their team during the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang 2018
USA and Japan press united front as Seoul wavers on sanctions

With North Korea's decision to dispatch Kim Jong-un's sister to an worldwide event hosted in South Korea, experts here are interpreting the visit as a diplomatic breakthrough and the foundation for a possible inter-Korean summit.

The vice president and the prime minister reaffirmed the importance of the joint U.S.

"It shows the North's resolve to defuse tension on the Korean peninsula", Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a news briefing.

North and South Koreans danced in the streets on Thursday as 22 North Korean athletes were welcomed to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

"I hope that you will enjoy this festival, respecting one another, including our unique nationalities and cultures, united under the Olympic spirit, for the next few weeks", Kim Ki-hoon, former short track speed skater who serves as the head administrator of the village, said in his welcome speech, without specifically mentioning the North.

"The North Koreans certainly seem to be on their best behaviour", Royal Canadian Navy Commander Robert Watt, chief of staff for the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission, said as he stood just steps from the border on Wednesday.

In Alaska, Pence will tour missile defense facilities. Years of planning, building and qualifying - along with some global intrigue when it comes to who will be competing - will all come together in a pageant of national pride in a stadium in the northern part of South Korea.

The liberal Moon administration believes the Winter Games could pave the way for bringing North Korea to the table for denuclearization.

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