Trump’s ‘Hard Line’ on North Korea Is Soft Symbolism

Our man in Pyeongchang.

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One could be forgiven for thinking the symbolism at the Olympics signaled a hard line from the Donald Trump administration on North Korea.

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Before the opening ceremony, Vice President Mike Pence met with North Korean dissidents. At the opening ceremonies, he sat with the parents of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was imprisoned and injured so gravely during his detention that he died shortly after being flown back to the U.S. In Tokyo, Pence announced that new sanctions would be unveiled soon against North Korea.


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