Kim Jong Un invites South's Moon to Pyongyang: Seoul

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The prospect of two-way talks between the Koreas, however, may not be welcomed by the United States.

Moon apparently cited the conditions necessary for an inter-Korean summit. Such a meeting, if it came about, would mark the first inter-Korea summit since 2007.

"The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization", Pence is quoted as saying. "So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify".

This came after he promised the U.S. will announce the "toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever". The South hosts 28,500 US troops, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean war.

A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerated diplomatic warming that included more handshakes, some Korean liquor over lunch and the potential shared joy of watching a "unified" Korea team play hockey at the Olympics.

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He allegedly left after just five minutes after realising North Korean delegates were in attendance.

Two impersonators, bearing striking resemblances to President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, were both booted from the Olympic Games' opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday.

The two Koreas are still technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict on the Korean peninsula ended in a ceasefire and not a truce. "An early resumption of dialogue between the USA and the North is needed also for the development of the South-North Korean relationship", he said, according to his spokesman. North Korea has said it will never give up its nuclear deterrent and critics in the South see its participation in the Games as a reward for bad behaviour.

"This is the strongest action yet by North Korea to drive a wedge between the South and the United States", said Kim Sung-han, a former South Korean vice foreign minister and now a professor at Korea University in Seoul.Moon asked the North Korean delegation during Saturday's meeting to engage in dialogue with Washington "at an early date", the Blue House said.

Speaking on Thursday, Pence said: "Allow me to assure you and the people of South Korea that the U.S. will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in maximum pressure until North Korea finally and permanently and irreversibly abandons nuclear and ballistic ambitions".

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