North Korea had frank, candid talks with South's president: KCNA

Korean Women's Hockey Team Presents A Unified Front As It Takes To The Ice

The figure cut by Ms. Kim, with her warm smile and sharp business wardrobe, could hardly be more different.

They capped their final day in South Korea by attending a concert in Seoul with South Korean President Moon Jae-in given by a visiting North Korean art troupe led by the head of the immensely popular Moranbong band, whose young female members are hand-picked by Kim Jong Un.

Kim has captivated media attention and fascinated the public since her arrival on Friday.

Pence, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force Two after attending the opening ceremony of the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, said that he and President Moon Jae-in "continue to stand strong" and coordinate efforts against the North. Hoping to discern what she's thinking, analysts pored over video of her eyes, and remarked on the tilt of her chin.

But the invitation to Pyongyang thrusts Mr. Moon into a potentially delicate diplomatic dance, as South Korea's allies and neighbours maintain a hardline stance toward Mr. Kim and his weapons program.

Meanwhile, US Vice President Mike Pence has insisted the United States, South Korea and Japan are in complete agreement over their strategy of isolating the North.

For North Korea, the visit invitation is the latest manifestation of a shift in tone, a dramatic departure from years of verbal hostilities and threats toward the USA and its neighbours. He then was stone-faced as he sat to the left of Moon in the VIP box at the opening ceremony while Kim Yo Jong smiled a row behind him, just a few feet away. But rather than presenting herself as a stiff party operative, she has looked engaged and interested during multiple outings in Seoul, Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister headed home Sunday night after a whirlwind three days in South Korea, where she sat among world dignitaries at the Olympics and tossed a diplomatic offer to the South aimed at ending seven decades of hostility. Before now, she had been seen mainly in photos, but often in the background, as her brother took center stage.

Moon responded by saying he hopes the right environment will be created so the meeting between the two leaders could occur, an apparent reference to demands by the US and other allies that the North abandon its nuclear weapons program.

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Yo-jong's visit to the South was the first visit by a member of the ruling Kim family ever since the Korean War ended in 1953. The South Korean president also stressed the need for the communist North to resume its dialogue with the United States.

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It's not unfamiliar", Kim said when asked by one of the South Koreans at the dinner how she feels on the other side of the border. It has only deepened over the years as the North closes in on the ability to field an arsenal of nukes that can hit USA cities.

The most important part of the visit, however, came during one of the quieter moments. After Kim arrived at Incheon Airport and met with the Korean unification minister, Kim Yong Nam gestured for her to take the center seat at the table - leading many South Korean news outlets to conclude that she's essentially her brother's second in command.

The South Korean presidential office said Mr. Moon had encouraged North Korea to have dialogue with the U.S.as well.

A White House official said although Moon did not discuss the invitation to Pyongyang with Mr Pence, the South Korean president made it very clear that only when North Korea actually starts to take steps to denuclearise would anyone even consider beginning to take the pressure off.

Moon was invited to a summit with Kim, even as the United States warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive.

Also at that game: the famed cheer squad from North Korea - more than 100 identically dressed women who sing, perform choreographed moves and cheer on their team.

The warm North-South body language not only fanned talk of a split between Seoul and Washington, it contrasted with a cold encounter between South Korea and Japan, an ally in USA -led efforts to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear program.

Major protests have erupted in South Korea as activists burn the North's flag. It's too early to tell (although skeptics are already shaking their heads at all of the above).

A large percentage of the North Korean Olympics contingent - which now totals 492 people - is made up of women, including those with prominent public roles, like hockey players and cheerleaders. It's anyone's guess as to when we might learn what's behind the facade.

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