Pence: North Korea 'the most tyrannical regime on the planet'

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This account was given by the Washington Post's Josh Rogin, who spoke with Pence on their flight back to the US from Seoul.

North Korea's Kim has used the Winter Olympics hosted by South Korea to unleash a diplomatic charm offensive. In Tokyo, Pence announced new sanctions on North Korea that he promised would be the toughest ever, due to be unveiled soon.

Tillerson was reacting to Vice President Mike Pence's remarks to the Washington Post on Sunday that the Trump administration is now willing to sit down and talk with North Korea.

"With its fawning coverage of Kim Yo Jong and the Kim regime, much of the USA media has unintentionally become complicit in North Korea's charm offensive", said one senior administration official who expressed dismay over the recent coverage in conversations with the Free Beacon.

The North Korean mission's statement calls the U.S.

By contrast, a 2017 report on Christian persecution notes that in communist North Korea, Christians have undergone "unspeakable atrocities, including extra-judicial killings, forced labour, torture, persecution, starvation, rape, forced abortion and sexual violence".

The scholars, however, warned that the North's reluctance toward denuclearization efforts would prompt the U.S. to return to a "maximum pressure" campaign, suggesting that seeking dialogue is not a policy shift of the Trump administration, but part of its strategy of alternating pressure and engagement. "We want to exhaust every opportunity to make sure North Korea understands our intentions and the seriousness of the U.S. and our allies".

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Pence added that the U.S will not allow the propaganda charade by the North Korean regime to go unchallenged on the world stage, adding the world can not turn a blind eye to the oppression and threats of the Kim Jong-un regime.

But Pence added talking is not negotiation and is only aimed at understanding each other.

FILE PHOTO - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong attend the opening ceremony.

North Korea has sent a delegation of athletes, cheerleaders and artists to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but how much of the event North Koreans at home will get to see is uncertain.

Pence's comments aboard Air Force Two suggested that the Trump administration, which has mostly taken a hard line over any potential engagement with North Korea, might be looking more favorably at diplomatic options. He is entertaining a North Korean offer to visit Pyongyang.

The global media's efforts to present North Korea as on the road to reformation was the subject of a scathing Fox News article over the weekend, which chided American reporters for falling victim to North Korea's propaganda.

When asked if Pence's remarks indicated the start of a diplomatic process with North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Cairo Monday, "As we've said for some time, it's really up to the North Koreans to decide when they're ready to engage with us in a honest way, a meaningful way".

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