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Ji Seong-ho, a North Korean man who made it out of the rogue nation and now resides in South Korea, attended President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address Tuesday night.

North Korea has made new advances in its intercontinental ballistic missile program but has not yet demonstrated all the capabilities needed to strike America with such a weapon, a top US general said Tuesday.

"You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires us all", Trump said. His parents have said he was tortured in prison and was blind, deaf and comatose when North Korea granted a medical release last June.

"Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears most: the truth", Trump said.

'In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger.

The South Korean delegation will be joined on their return trip by North Koreans who will visit the South to prepare for the Pyeongchang Olympics that begin on Feb 9.

Tillerson said earlier this month that Washington can not agree to that approach because it falsely equates legitimate defensive military actions by the United States and its allies with unlawful actions by North Korea.

'He then endured multiple amputations without anything to tiresome the pain.

The report, based on the testimony of hundreds of North Korean exiles, has shored up global efforts to pressure Pyongyang for its human rights violations.

It come as retired US Army General Jack Keane warned that North Korea could launch "another missile test" during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month.

"I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that, but I'm confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election [and] that we will push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won't be great", Pompeo said.

While only a short portion of the State of the Union focused on such matters, the president stressed that, "around the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russian Federation that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values".

At a time of mounting worries about a possible nuclear confrontation with North Korea, the delay in filling the crucial post of a United States ambassador to Seoul is confounding, observers say.

The Trump administration is stepping up pressure on countries in the African continent to cut longstanding diplomatic and military ties with Pyongyang to starve the ballistic nuclear missile program by Kim Jong Un of resources.

CNN previously reported that the administration had sent Cha's name to Seoul in December, where he received swift approval, two sources familiar with the matter said.

The pre-Olympic cultural concert will likely showcase North Korea music as well as contemporary and traditional music from the South Korean side.



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