North Korea 'Unintentional' Meets US in South Korea

North Korean officials have no intention of meeting with American officials at the Pyeongchang Olympics but did not rule out the meeting, the official North Korean news agency KCNA quoted a senior Foreign Ministry official as saying. North Korea's Cho Yong-Sam says it has no intention of meeting the American representative. "We are not begging and will never beg to dialogue with the Americans," he said.

But his remarks did not rule out a meeting. Similarly, US Vice-President Mike Pence's remarks will arrive in South Korea on Thursday.

North Korean ceremonial head Kim Yong-Nam, who leads North Korean delegates and Mike Pence is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday Both of them could be in a reception room for the delegation's leaders before the opening ceremony took place.

Mike Pence on Wednesday rebuked North Korea by saying the United States would impose toughest sanctions so far against North Korea. 19659002] North Korea used the Olympics for imaging by sending artists, hundreds of cheerleaders and sister Kim Jong-Un. The Vice President of the Pence insisted America would not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and image of the Olympics.

On the way to Asia, Pence said "I did not ask for a meeting but let's see what happens." [as/al]

North Korean Step Brother Meets US Citizens Before Murder

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met an American citizen in Malaysia four days before he was shockingly killed, a police official said in his testimony at the trial on Monday.

Kim Jong Nam visited the island Langkawi, the location of tourism off the west coast of Malaysia, before meeting an American on February 9, said chief investigator Wan Azirul Nizam to the trial.

But Nizam can not confirm the hotel or the American's name.

"Until now, the identity of the US citizen can not be obtained," he said.

A computer forensic report from the police showed Jong Nam's last laptop was used on the same day and a USB drive was connected four days before he died on February 13, two women smeared Jong Nam's face with VX's agent as he waited for the plane to fly to Macau.

The Malaysian investigator pronounce four suspects who have not been identified in the murders are still free. The lawyers for the two women said they thought they were taking part in a reality show on a television station.

South Korean intelligence agency said Jong Nam was the target of a murder plan ordered by his sister.

Kim Jong Nam, not liked by his father who is also Kim Jong Un's father, the late Kim Jong Il, in 2011. Jong Nam was caught trying to enter Japan with a fake passport to visit Disneyland in Tokyo. [ps/jm]

US House Speaker Meets Saudi King

US House Speaker Paul Ryan leads an American Congress delegation to the Middle East, and meets Saudi King Salman at his first regional stop.

A statement issued by Ryan's office said the talks in the Middle East will focus on regional stability, – businesses fight ISIS, terrorism and Iranian aggression. During his visit, he was accompanied by five members of Congress from Republicans and one from the Democratic Party.

Saudi government news agency reported Ryan met King Salman on Wednesday after being greeted at the airport in Riyadh by Chairman of the Board Shura Saudi Arabia, the ruling consultative body of the kingdom.

Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, faces an election this year if he decides to run again as a member of the House for the 11th time.

He is scheduled to visit the United Arab Emirates on Thursday (25/1). [ab/uh]

US Vice President meets Israeli PM in Jerusalem

US Vice President Mike Pence said Monday, "an honor for me to be in the Israeli capital, Jerusalem," which accentuated the American decision to recognize the city when he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

President Donald Trump shifted from the decades-old policy of America by saying Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, which initiated the process of transferring the American embassy there from Tel Aviv.

"In making the historic announcement of December 6, President Trump did so with confidence that by recognizing Jerusalem's capital Israel, this will create an opportunity to honestly push the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on the issues that can be talked about and the President of Trump really believes to be resolved, "Pence said in a recent four-day trip in the Middle East.

Netanyahu thanked love Trump and Pence for what is called "

In addition to conducting some bilateral talks, Pence also addressed the Knesset, the Israeli legislature.

White House officials say the vice president will discuss the American-Israeli relations, ways of dealing with Iranian influence in the region and the strategy of the Syrian conflict.

In his speech at the Knesset, officials said Pence plans to say there is an opportunity for Israelis and Palestinians to start talks and make the necessary sacrifices to a long-term peace agreement. [gp]

Saudi King Salman Meets the CIA Director in Riyadh

Saudi King Salman met with director of CIA Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The Saudi official news agency said they discussed bilateral relations and regional developments on Monday (18/12). [19659002] On the Saudi side, the meeting was attended by the son of the king, Prince Khalid bin Salman, who served as Saudi ambassador to Washington, as well as Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, the head of General Intelligence Khalid al-Humaidan and royal court chief Khalid al- Issa.

Earlier this month, Pompeo said he would send a letter to General Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds force, who warned him that the United States would regard Tehran as responsible for any attacks he carried on American interests in Iraq. [19659002] Iran and Saudi Arabia are also hostile in the region. [gp]