With only a day to go until the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics which shall be attended by the sister of North Korea’s leader, as well as other senior officials, and shall see North and South Korea marching under the same flag, the US has announced that fresh sanctions are to be placed against North Korea.
Speaking in Tokyo, US Vice President Mike Pence announced that ‘the United States of America will soon unveil the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever.
‘We will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile program once and for all.’
Indeed, although the engagements between North an South Korea seem, up till now, to have represented an easing of relations, many fear Pyongyang is simply biding to continue developing its nuclear-arms programme, or even that their participation in the Olympic games is being carried out purely for propaganda reasons.
Last month, a 20-nation meeting regarding North Korea resulted in an agreement to consider more unilateral sanctions on the country.
Vice President Pence concluded yesterday that the US ‘will not allow North Korea to hide behind the Olympic banner the reality that they enslave their people and threaten the wider region.’