Vice President Mike Pence Said U.S. is Open to Continued Dialogue with North Korea But Sanctions Will Remain

Vice President Mike Pence Said U.S. is Open to Continued Dialogue with North Korea But Sanctions Will Remain

Vice President Mike Pence has relayed to South Korean President Moon Jae-in the U.S.’ approval of continued talks with the North Koreans, but stressed that the North would get no sanctions relief simply for continuing a dialogue.  Pence lead the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, over the weekend Pence added that the international community would only scale back sanctions leveled against North Korea if it takes concrete steps towards denuclearization, but said the U.S….

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The Top Priority for Security Officials at the Winter Games May Be Cyber

The Top Priority for Security Officials at the Winter Games May Be Cyber

The Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, are drawing an element from all over the world besides athletes: Cyber attackers.  Experts believe the biggest security threat to the Games may be virtual. Cyber criminals have long targeted Olympic Games.  At the Beijing, London and Brazil events, officials recorked millions of attempted attacks a day – some were successful.  They were mostly low-level scams involving the stealing of tickets or money.  But experts believe attacks at the games in South Korea…

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U.S. Announces Winter Olympics Delegation

U.S. Announces Winter Olympics Delegation

The White House has announced its list of delegates to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games that are set to begin in South Korea in a little more than one week. In addition to Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, who were already announced, the delegation to the Olympics will include the following:  House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, retired Gen. James D. Thurman, U.S. diplomat in Seoul…

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North and South Korea to March Under Unified Flag in Next Month’s Winter Olympics

North and South Korea to March Under Unified Flag in Next Month’s Winter Olympics

North and South Korea have agreed to march under a single, unified flag at the Winter Olympics to be held next month in South Korea, it was announced today.  It was also announced that they would field a joint women’s ice hockey team.  The announcements were the results of negotiations that took place in the border village Panmunjom over the last several days, the first face-to-face meetings between the two countries in over two years. North Korea is proposing to…

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U.S. Beefs up Military Presence on Korean Peninsula Ahead of Next Month’s Winter Games

U.S. Beefs up Military Presence on Korean Peninsula Ahead of Next Month’s Winter Games

The United States is bolstering its military presence on the Korean peninsula ahead of next month’s Olympic Games in South Korea.  Stealth bombers, at least one extra aircraft carrier and a new amphibious assault ship are all heading to the region ahead of the event.  The U.S. and South Korea has also agreed to postpone massive annual military exercises usually held this time of the year, until after the Olympics. North Korea says the buildup is designed to put a…

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: Kim Jong-Un Actually Pretty Clever

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: Kim Jong-Un Actually Pretty Clever

Former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush Condolleezza Rice complimented Kim Jong-Un yesterday saying that he turned out to be cleverer than she thought.  The North Korean leader is “turning, much more so than I thought, to be actually pretty clever,” she said. Rice commended Kim’s decisions to make overtures to the South Koreans and to send a delegation to the Olympics.  Kim announced in a New Year’s Day address that it was his…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin: Kim Jong-Un has Won this Round

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Kim Jong-Un has Won this Round

Russian President Vladimir Putin commended North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un for his “shrewd and mature” handling of escalating tensions between that isolated nation and the West over its nuclear program.  “I believe, Mr. Kim Jong-Un has certainly won this round,” Putin said, according to the Russian state media outlet RT. Putin’s comments came just days after North and South Korea held their first face-to-face meeting in over two years.  The results of those talks were that North Korea agreed to send…

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“Fancy Bear” Now Targeting US Senate, Olympics, Cyber Research Firm Says

“Fancy Bear” Now Targeting US Senate, Olympics, Cyber Research Firm Says

A cyber research firm believes the same Russian hackers that attacked the Democratic Party’s computer servers are now targeting the U.S. Senate.  The firm, Trend Micro Inc, believes the Russian group, known as Fancy Bear to national security professionals, is laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the upper chamber of Congress this year. Feike Hacquebord, a researcher at Trend Micro, says he has discovered a cache of websites that have been built to look like the internal email…

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North Korea Agrees to Send Delegation to South Korean Winter Olympics Next Month

North Korea Agrees to Send Delegation to South Korean Winter Olympics Next Month

North Korea has agreed to send a delegation of athletes to the Olympic Winter Games to be held next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  The decision was announced today after the two countries held their first face-to-face talks in over two years. The two countries also agreed to hold military talks aimed at reducing tensions which had become heightened over recent months. The development in relations came after North Korean leader, Kin Jong-Un gave a New Year’s Day address in…

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