NKorean leader invites SKorea's Moon to the North

Winter Olympics 2018

President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, are greeted by South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon as they smile before a banquet in Seoul, South Korea February 11, 2018.

She was accompanied by Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's ceremonial head of state.

He has been trying to beat back North Korea's charm offensive while working to fix the break between the US government and South Korea, whose leader is openly pushing for more engagement with Pyongyang. She passed on a message from Kim, who invited Moon to visit Pyongyang "at a convenient date".

They discussed a wide range of issues concerning inter-Korean relations in an amicable mood, according to the Blue House. The United States fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an "ironclad" agreement to protect its ally.

Moon carefully avoided either accepting or declining Kim's invitation, calling for efforts to create "the right conditions" for a trip, and urging Pyongyang to seek an "absolutely necessary" dialogue with the United States. How much do the Olympic Games contribute to the relations between the two neighboring countries? Pence's staff insists that the vice president would have met with the North Korean officials if the North Korean officials were interested in meeting.

There have been summits between the two Koreas before. Moon, too, is a liberal.

About 56.5 percent thought that the inter-Korea tensions will improve after the Olympics, while 73.9 percent said Seoul and Pyongyang were likely to actively attempt to mend ties.

"The two axles must spin together to make wheels move", he said.

But US has distanced itself from the North Korean overtures.

"It didn't affect the opening ceremony", Park said.

"There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programs", Pence said. Washington has made clear that it will not have any contact with Pyongyang unless it embarks on substantial denuclearization.

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The high-level talks in 1990, however, paved the way for sports diplomacy which bore fruit with the first-ever Korean unified team in the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships.

US President Donald Trump has been engaged in a long-running war of words with Kim Jong Un, sparking fears the rhetorical battle could spill over into a live conflict.

The North initially had no athletes coming to the Olympics, but the International Olympic Committee allowed 22 as special entries. After the talks, the delegation signed a guestbook and attended a presidential luncheon.

The two Koreas have a rocky and sometimes violent history at the Blue House. -South Korean military exercises, a non-starter for the alliance.

"I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the U.S. and I'm so proud to be representing the LGBTQ community alongside this unbelievable guy!"

The Winter Olympics has thrust Kim Yo-jong into the spotlight.

Ms Kim, who is though to be about 30 years old, was promoted to the powerful politburo last year. The North's political delegation was set to leave Sunday.

During the North Korean delegation's visit, Kim Song-hye, a senior official from the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers' Party, closely assisted Kim Yo-jong throughout.

"It's our honor to take part in the Olympics". International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach called it "a very emotional moment", one that gave him "goosebumps".

During the women's 500 meters short-track speedskating, North Korean fans held up the Korean Unification flag unification flags.

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