Pence in Asia to counter North Korean Olympics charm offensive


North Korea's modern musicians are a talented lot - and they're essential to Kim Jong Un's regime.

The UN Security Council imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on Choe on June 2 past year when he was vice director of the Workers' Party of Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department, which controls ideological messaging through the media, arts and culture.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to attend the Games opening ceremony in the city of Pyeongchang on Friday, when delegations from North and South Korea will march together under a single flag, and their athletes will compete as a single team in some sports.

Any illness spreading to the competitors - particularly one of the star names - would be a major embarrassment to hosts South Korea. A member of the 2005 squad would become Kim Jong Un's wife.

On July 4th, a very similar eight-wheel launcher showed up in a North Korean photo said to show Kim watching the launch of a two-stage intercontinental ballistic missile test.

But South Korea welcomed the announcement, saying it was "significant that Kim had included his sister in the delegation".

Pence has brought with him to the Games Fred Warmbier, the father of US citizen Otto Warmbier, who patronized the North Korean tourist industry before being arrested and tortured to death for allegedly tampering with a propaganda poster in Pyongyang.

Last October, she was promoted to alternate member of the nation's Politburo.

Any images that surface will come by way of North Korea's propaganda machine - so there's no way to tell whether the hardware is real and operational.

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The US and North Korea have been locked in a fierce war of words. He will be joined at the opening ceremony by the father of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died a year ago after being jailed in North Korea.

Ivanka Trump worked with the International Olympic Committee and the city of Los Angeles to bring the Summer Olympics to Southern California in 2028, the first time the Summer Games will be held in the US since 1996.

They looked on tearfully as the President cited their son's treatment as a example of the "menace that threatens our world".

He is the ceremonial head of state and will technically be the most senior official from the North ever to travel to the South, but is largely considered a figurehead.

It includes an 114-strong art troupe and 96-crew who arrived at South Korea's Mukho port on Wednesday aboard the Mangyongbong 92 cargo-passenger ferry.

Yonhap added that "Kim Yo-Jong is widely believed to be powerful and close enough to the leader to directly represent his views".

On Sunday, the North Korean government shot back that its nuclear missile program would "deter Trump and his lackeys from showing off on the Korean peninsula".

Choe is identified on the United Nations sanctions blacklist as "First Vice Director of the Workers' Party of Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department, which controls all DPRK media and is used by the government to control the public". The display would be an attempt "to scare the hell out of the Americans", a diplomatic source told CNN last month.