With a diplomatic deal securing its spot in the Winter Olympics, North Korea successfully changed the international narrative away from its illicit pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles.
North Korea has no intention of meeting U.S. officials during the Winter Olympics that start in South Korea on Friday, state media said, dampening hopes the Games will help resolve a tense standoff over the North's nuclear weapons program.
The extravaganza celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea.
North Korea's state news agency has quoted a foreign ministry official dismissing the possibility of any meeting.
Despite previous signs of an openness from the U.S., North Korea on Thursday said they do not have any interest in meeting members of the American delegation during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang beginning this week.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has presided over an extravagant military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square just a day before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opens in South Korea
US Vice President Mike Pence is set to attend the opening ceremony with the North's head of state.
Tanks and trucks carrying North Korean troops rolled down the streets of Pyongyang Thursday in a highly-anticipated display of military might on the eve of South Korea's Winter Olympics.
Events on Thursday may have refreshed some memories.
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