Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

As Olympics near, Trump seeks to boost pressure on North Korea

As Olympics near, Trump seeks to boost pressure on North Korea

The South Korean president has been calling the Winter Olympics the "peace Games" in order to lessen tensions for a few weeks on the peninsula between North Korea.

The Trump administration has been lobbying countries around the world - especially North Korea's top two trading partners China and Russian Federation - to isolate the already reclusive country and curtail trade in order to pressure it to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs.

President Donald Trump told Moon and Abe to continue pressuring North Korea about its nuclear arms program and said that the communication between North and South Korea was a good sign.

Trump used Ji's story to illustrate what he called the "depraved character of the North Korean regime" and the kind of threat it could pose to the United States and its allies if it obtains nuclear weapons. The state secretary and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are also reported to be pushing more heavily for diplomacy with North Korea, rather than resorting to military action. "We'll find out. We're going to find out pretty soon, I suspect", Trump said. "We have many administrations that should have acted on this a long time ago". Trump also said he will be "100 percent with South Korea" over the Olympics. But we think the Olympics will go very nicely, and after that, who knows?

Abe noted that the world should not be blinded by North Korea's "charm offensive" ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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Vice President Mike Pence will lead the official USA government delegation to the opening of the Winter Olympics next week in Pyeongchang. North Korea, which has increased the tempo of its weapons testing in the past two years, pledged to develop a nuclear weapon capable of striking the USA mainland to deter what it sees as an American threat. According to United Nations inquiries, the country's violations of human rights are widespread, grave and systematic, rising to the level of crimes against humanity.

Recent reports have targeted Russian Federation for facilitating shipments of coal to North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions.

The 2 leaders discussed the need for the worldwide community to steadily implement UN Security Council sanctions resolutions against North Korea.

"The two leaders discussed the importance of improving the human rights situation in North Korea and underscored their commitment to work together on this issue", it said in a statement.

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