North Korea slams Trump's State of the Union address

Pyeongchang

Security workers patrol the Alpensia resort at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea Friday Feb. 2 2018

North Korea is under tightening UN Security Council resolutions for its banned nuclear and ballistic missile programs, but relations with South Korea have softened in the lead-up to the Pyeongchang Olympic Games opening on February 9.

"We acknowledge how we deal with cyber attack is an important issue for our nation's security, crisis management and the economic growth", Suga told reporters in his regular morning presser.

"In view of the nature and scale of US military reinforcements, they are created to make a pre-emptive strike against the DPRK", North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Chol told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, adding that Washington has been "deploying large nuclear assets" on the Korean peninsula.

In a rare high-level meeting last month, the two Koreas agreed that North Korean athletes, cheerleaders, artistic troupes and other delegates would attend the Games.

Pence is scheduled to stop in Tokyo to discuss North Korea with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday.

Cybersecurity experts say North Korea has master-minded a growing number of crypto-heists in past years, as Kim Jong Un's hermit regime seeks capital to bankroll its nuclear weapons program and circumvent tough worldwide sanctions.

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"North Korea sent emails that could hack into cryptocurrency exchanges and their customers' private information and stole (cryptocurrency) worth billions of won", Kim Byung-kee, a member of South Korea's parliamentary intelligence committee, said on Monday. "We'll be ensuring that whatever co-operation that's existing between North and South Korea today on Olympic teams does not cloud the reality of a regime that must continue to be isolated by the world community".

The almost identical comments by Pence and Tillerson expressing openness to a meeting with the North Koreans appeared deliberate and coordinated.

"Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are as high as they have ever been, and the Olympics are fast approaching".

"The vice president will be there with Mr. Warmbier at the opening ceremony.to remind the world of the atrocities that happen in North Korea", a White House official said on Monday.

Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said, "North Korea informed us that the main group of North Korean performers will arrive on Tuesday aboard the Mangyongbong-92".

On Sunday, a North Korean foreign ministry official shot back at the president.

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