Abe & Moon vow joint efforts over N. Korea, future ties

Kim Jong-un at today's parade and the Hwasong-15

The North-South Olympics detente has raised concerns in Washington and Tokyo that Seoul may ease up on a "maximum pressure" campaign by the United States and its allies to get Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.

His comments come after he pressed South Korean President Moon Jae-in Thursday to be clear-eyed about opening talks with North Korea around the Olympic games.

South Korea says the artists will return to the North on Tuesday by a land route.

They "particularly noted active cooperation in the defense sector and future industries, such as electric auto batteries, and expressed hope that more South Korean firms will invest in Poland and that they will further strengthen their practical cooperation in areas such as infrastructure and energy in the future", the South Korean presidential office said in a press release.

Abe had previously hinted he might skip Friday's opening ceremony for the South's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as the two nations continue to lock horns over the emotional issue of former wartime sex slaves.

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Pence says the USA and South Korea are "completely aligned". He urged Moon to not become distracted by their "smiling diplomacy".

Moon expressed gratitude for Poland's support for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, noting the European country had also issued a statement welcoming the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue last month to discuss North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympic Games.

The sister of the North Korean leader has arrived in South Korea, dressed in a black coat and absorbing a barrage of camera flashes.

She was joined by other members of North Korea's delegation, including Kim Yong Nam, the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Choe Hwi, chairman of the country's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

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