The Trump administration is not backing down from its growing efforts to confront the North Korean regime, despite a slew of media reports over the weekend claiming U.S. policy on the matter has weakened, according to U.S. officials who told the Washington Free Beaconthe latest reports are fueling the North Korean regime’s massive propaganda efforts.
Multiple news reports published over the weekend claimed Vice President Mike Pence is leaving the door open to renewed talks with North Korea amid an effort by the dictatorial hermit nation to use the 2018 Olympics in South Korea as a platform to present a reformed image.
Media outlets, including major outlets in the United States, fawned over an appearance by North Korean leader Kim Jung Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, at the Winter Olympics and hailed the nation as presenting a face of reformation. Some reports claimed Pence’s presence at the Olympics signaled a new willingness to sit down for talks with North Korea.
However, senior U.S. officials familiar with the situation said Pence’s trip to the Olympics was meant to serve as a counter to North Korea’s massive propaganda machine and that media reports indicating otherwise have bolstered the rogue nation’s image at a time when it is aggressively pursuing its nuclear weapons program.
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