Experts suppose Norths diplomatic overtures aimed at driving a wedge between Washington and Seoul
Ivanka Trump is producing a US delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in an effort to show a softer slope of US diplomacy on the headland while calling for maximum influence to be put one across North Korea.
Trump watched snowboarding contests in Pyeongchang with South Korea’s first lady, Kim Jung-sook, and foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha. Wearing a Team USA hat and ruby-red snowsuit, she captured the attention of the members of local media. Her journey succeeds less than two weeks after Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un’s younger sister, saw the South and largely overshadowed US vice president Mike Pence.
” We cannot have a better, or smarter, being representing home countries ,” Donald Trump said in an early morning tweet.
At a dinner on Friday, Ivanka Trump’s message of” maximum pres” seemed to clash with South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s strategy of denuclearisation through exchange. Experts have said the North’s recent diplomatic preludes are aimed at driving a wedge between Washington and Seoul, and the mixed words advocated there may be tension between the allies.
” Active exchange is being held between the South and the North amid the North’s participation in the Olympics ,” Moon did, according to the Yonhap news agency.” This is greatly contributing to easing strain on the Korean Peninsula and improving the South-North tie-in .”
Friday’s meal featured” Korean food designed to be palatable for natives” including bibimbap, a rice food surfaced with different veggies and meat” that mixtures different ingredients evenly and symbolises harmonization”, according to the presidential Blue House. Moon has reeled out the red carpet for Trump, who is an adviser to her papa.
” I thank you for hosting us all here tonight as we reaffirm our bonds of relationships, of cooperation, of partnership and reaffirm our commitment to our maximum influence safarus to ensure that the Korean Peninsula is denuclearised ,” she said.
As Trump property in Seoul, the US announced a new round of sanctions against Pyongyang in an effort to curb the country’s nuclear and weapon programs. The steps targeted 27 send and trading business, 28 ships and one person, all suspected of helping North Korea thwart current sanctions.
Washington’s hard line developed as the dominant topic of Trump’s trip, with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling reporters:” We are going to continue a campaign of maximum pressing, the most recent sanctions are the strongest that we have had on North Korea. We are going to continue in that form .”
The US is” going to ask all of our friends and partners to step up and do more as well and connect us in that effort ,” she added.
Trump’s visit will coincide with a high level delegation from North koreans, with both were represented at the closing ritual of the Winter Olympics. US and South Korean officials have said there is no satisfy projected between the two sides, but the opportunities offered by direct talks had led to intense speculation.
Pence was set to meet with the representatives from the North during his errand, but it was cancelled at the last minute.