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Kim Yo-jong is seen standing behind US Vice President Mike Pence at the opening ceremony

Moon hosted the elderly Kim Yong Nam - technically the highest-level Northern official ever to go to the South - and Pyongyang's star representative Kim Yo Jong at the presidential Blue House.

According to South Korea's presidential Blue House, Moon responded: "Let us make preparations to realize the meeting".

The last summit was held in October 2007 between Roh Moo-hyun and Kim Jong-il, the father of the North Korean leader.

When he was returned to the USA, he had horrific brain injuries which his family attributed to him being tortured by the Kim Jong Un's regime.

But this news won't be welcomed in the United States, which wants the South to take a much harsher line against Kim and his regime - including demanding that it gives up its nuclear weapons program.

He also did not shake hands with Kim Yong Nam while making a brief appearance at a leaders' reception ahead of the ceremony - although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country is also regularly threatened by Pyongyang, did so, while exchanging pleasantries with the North Korean.

"It is absolutely necessary for the North and the United States to engage in talks at an early date", he cited Moon as saying.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife arrived after the handshakes.

Some North Korean experts believe tough United Nations sanctions that are cutting off most of the isolated North's sources of revenue have added pressure on Pyongyang to engage further with Seoul.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is not directly addressing news that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a visit, as the two Koreas use the Olympics as an opportunity for renewing ties.

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The vice president also met with North Korean defectors while in Pyeongtaek.

Donald Trump has begged a lot of comparisons with the head of North Korea, from their mutual love of military parades to their at best apathetic attitude to free society in general.

Pence said Moon updated him about the meeting he had with North Korean officials and "both of us reiterated to each other tonight that we will continue to stand strong and work in a coordinated way to bring maximum economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on North Korea".

The recent detente, anchored by South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympic Games, came despite an acceleration in the North's weapons programme previous year and pressure from Seoul's allies in Washington.

While a summit in Pyongyang would signal warming ties on the peninsula, it also risks driving a wedge into the alliance between the US and South Korea.

There were also selfies between North and South Koeran athletes as they waited to walk into the heart of the stadium.

Otto had been in North Korea on an organized tour when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel.

But she had no hesitation about attending the Olympics, because she looks around and sees her South Korean neighbors utterly calm.


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