Trump has signed confidentiality clauses to officials of the White House

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Donald Trump, anxious to close the leaks that marked the first months of his mandate, has signed confidentiality clauses to the highest officials of the White House, reports the Washington Post on Sunday.

 Trump has signed confidentiality clauses to officials of the White House

Trump has signed confidentiality clauses to officials of the White House

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Donald Trump anxious to dry up the leaks that have marked the first months of his mandate, has signed confidentiality clauses to the highest officials of the White House, reports Sunday the Washington Post.

These agreements provide for financial penalties for those who

According to the Washington Post, the period covered by these clauses goes beyond the end of the Trump presidency.

The President had signed a letter to the press or other entities. similar commitments to members of his campaign team before the November 2016 election, but legal experts question the legal value of such clauses signed by senior officials of the federal administration, which could be in contradiction with freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution

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North Korean controversial officials to attend the Olympic closure in South Korea




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North Korea (North Korea) will again send a high delegation to the closing of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea (ROK). The delegation will be led by a controversial North Korean official, believed to be responsible for the tragedy of the sinking of a South Korean military ship in 2010.

The closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea will be held on Sunday (25/2). Just as it opened on 9 February, North Korea will also send delegates to the closing. But this time Kim Yo-Jong, North Korea's younger brother Kim Jong-Un, did not participate.

Spoken by South Korean Ministry of Unification in a statement, as reported by Reuters Thursday (22/2/2018) the North's high will be led by Kim Yong-Chol, who is Vice Chairman of the Central Commission of the North Korean Workers Party. The delegation will stay for three days in South Korea.

It is known that Kim Yong-Chol also heads the United Front Department, the North Korean authority's office responsible for handling inter-Korean affairs. Kim Yong-chol's own figure is actually quite controversial for South Korea.

Previously he was Head of General Reconnaissance Bureau or RGM which is a military intelligence agency of North Korea. South Korean authorities say Kim Yon-Chol is responsible for the tragedy of the sinking of the South Korean navy ship Cheonan in 2010. At least 46 South Korean sailors were killed in the tragedy.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-Gyon says the torpedo attack that sank the South Korean military ship was carried out by North Korea. "Kim (Yong-Chol) is responsible for South Korean affairs, that's why we accept it because we believe it will help improve inter-Korean relations and resolve the issue of denuclearization," Cho told parliamentarians. Carousel.

South Korea and the United States actually put Kim Yong-Chol's name on the blacklist because he supports North Korea's missile and nuclear program. With blacklisted, he was banned from visiting South Korea. However, according to an official of the South Korean presidential office, South Korean authorities decided to accept Kim Yong-chol's presence for the good of the Olympics.

The South Korean official declared his authority to notify the US of Kim Yong-chol's presence.

Kim Yong-Chol, another North Korean official, Ri Son-Gwon will also be present at the closing of the Olympics. Ri, also involved in inter-Korean affairs, also accompanied Kim Yo-Jong's sister while attending the opening ceremony of the Olympics in early February. The eight-member North Korean delegation will come to South Korea via land and is scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The time and location of the meeting has not yet been publicly disclosed.

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A number of North Korean officials cancel meeting with US vice president

US officials said Vice President Mike Pence had earlier been scheduled to meet with officials from North Korea earlier this month but North Korea canceled the meeting at the last minute.

The meeting was scheduled for February 10, during a visit by the Pence to South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang held a day earlier.

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Pence was originally scheduled to held talks with Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and Kim Yong-nam, head of North Korean regime's government. Both North Korean figures led the North Korean delegation to the opening ceremony. According to The Washington Post, the meeting is scheduled to take place in the Blue House, the residence of the president of South Korea.

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The official, who spoke with Reuters news agency on Friday on condition of anonymity because its information has not been published, said that the US is now considering proposals submitted to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on a two-day visit to Ankara.

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UN Allows North Korean Officials to Visit South Korea

The United Nations exempts sanctions against North Korea by allowing the country's high-level delegates to attend the Winter Olympics held in South Korea.

The exceptions directly affect Choe Hwi, a senior leader of the North Korean Workers Party, (19659002) UN mission to South Korea informed the Security Council committee that the 22-member delegation is expected to attend the opening ceremony on Friday (9/2) and will be in South Korea until Sunday (11/2).

The delegation included the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong, blacklisted by the US Treasury, but not on the UN blacklist.

The UN exemption will also allowing North Korean delegates to take home prohibited imported luxury goods.

South Korea requesting such an exception told the UN committee in a letter that the visit "will be a timely opportunity to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and beyond." [as/al]