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

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.

(nvc / ita)

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Chinese Military in the South China Sea to Defend Yourself from the US

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday affirmed that China's military presence in the South China Sea is not intended to be a confrontation with neighboring Asian nations but to defend itself from America. [19659003] "It is not intended for us," Duterte said in a speech to Chinese businessmen of Chinese descent on Monday.

"The forces of ideology that are contradictory in the world or geopolitically have greatly changed. This is actually intended against those whom China thinks will destroy them, the Americans, "he added.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea as its territory, strategic waters worth trillions of dollars worth every year. The claim collided with the claims of Brunei, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.

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SOFREP publications, military news from the US Marines Special Operations Troop community, said new satellite images and aerial photographs show that Chinese-made islands are now the site of near-complete air and sea bases, and new development continues even though diplomatic dialogue continues between China and other countries claiming the territory. "

President Rodrigo Duterte said the building of military bases on China-made islands was a defense against America, not to attack neighboring Asian nations.

Duterte also blamed the previous Philippine government for not building defense in the Spratly archipelago when China just started build artificial islands.

Americans have condemned the construction of Chinese military facilities on the artificial islands and are concerned that the facility could be used to restrict free movement along the trade route.

China and the Philippines have long been in dispute over the Chinese Sea South, but relations are improving under Duterte, who approached Beijing in the hope of gaining business and investment.

In 2014, Beijing began expanding seven coral islands in the Spratly, reclaimed and built artificial islands which, according to aerial and satellite imagery, now become bases military with runways, ports, and locations of air and ground-to-air defense missiles.

Duterte defends himself against critics who say he did not do enough to protect Filipino interests in the South China Sea. He said "it will not risk the lives of Filipinos just to die in vain, I will not advance to an impossible battle I win." [ds]

South Korean President Reluctant to Discuss Meeting With North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Saturday he hoped his efforts to establish relations with North Korea in the Olympics would also help for better relations between North Korea and the United States and begin negotiations on the destruction of the program (19459007) about what must happen before he receives North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's invitation to hold a summit. He previously said "do not go too far" about high-level meetings.

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Moon has not received a North Korean offer, delivered on Feb. 10 by Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong. Moon only said that the two Koreas had to "create conditions" for the negotiations.

There is one reason why Moon is very cautious: The United States.

Moon is likely to want to negotiate with North Korea as well as to improve relations between North Korea and United States, so as not to distance the most important South Korean ally. The United States maintains the presence of 28,500 troops in South Korea to counter the North Korean invasion. [vm/ii]

US warships continue patrols in the South China Sea

An American Navy officer on a very large aircraft carrier filled with F-18 fighters on Saturday said that American troops would continue to patrol the South China Sea wherever "international law allows us" when asked whether the newly built islands of China could curb them in the disputed waters.

US Navy Major Tim Hawkins told the Associated Press on board the USS Carl Vinson that the Navy had routinely patroled the sea and in the air in the waters strategic for 70 years to improve regional security and ensure uninterrupted trade flows that are critical to Asian and US economies.

"International law allows us to operate here, allowing us to fly here, allowing us to practice here, we are sailing here, and that is what we do and will continue to do, "Hawkins said on the flight deck of the 95,000-ton battleship, which dropped anchor in Manila Bay during a visit to the Philippines.

Read also: America Ships Third Shipwreck to the Western Pacific [19659002] The US Navy invited reporters into the 35-year-old carrier carrying 72 aircraft, including the F-18 Hornet, attack helicopters and reconnaissance aircraft. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been trying to withdraw from what he said was a highly US-oriented Philippine foreign policy, but has allowed for enormous dialogue with allied countries while reviving relations previously frozen with China.

American Navy officials flew some members of the Duterte Cabinet and journalists to Carl Vinson for a brief interim briefing from the South China Sea patrol on Wednesday. [gp]