North Korean leader's sister ends Olympic visit, leaving South to mull offer

North Korea's Olympics delegation leaves thorny questions behind

Ms Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong Un,"courteously" handed over a personal letter from the North Korean leader to Mr Moon during talks on Saturday and also told Mr Moon of her brother's "intention", KCNA said, without elaborating on what that was.

Mattis says the North's decision to hold a recent military parade that highlighted its ballistic missiles confuses any messages of thawing tensions on the peninsula.

Some set fire to a North Korean flag while others chanted "Let's tear Kim Jong Un to death" as they ripped posters of his face to shreds.

Vice President Mike Pence attended the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea on Friday, sitting in a VIP box not far from the North Korean dictator's sister, as geopolitical events on the Korean peninsula continue to overshadow the Games. Throw in there the accusations that South Korea has had to arrange huge payouts for past meetings, and that these earlier encounters, while certainly producing indelible images, have done little to slow North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

After decades of bloodshed and strife, including a runup to the Olympic Games that saw the rival Koreas lurching toward war amid a near-constant barrage of North Korean missile and nuke tests, it's such a ludicrous concept at first glance that many refuse to even consider it.

The U.S. Pentagon estimates that 33,651 American military men died defending South Korea's independence and freedom.

"The occasion today is watched closely by the world, and there's a lot of hope placed on the South and North", he said.

After sitting at a table, Kim Yo Jong placed a blue document folder in front of her.

North Korea's Olympics delegation leaves thorny questions behind
North Korean leader's sister ends Olympic visit, leaving South to mull offer

"The appearance of the players and the impressive picture of the cheering groups once again made the spectators feel keenly that the Korean nation is a. nation which can't live separated from each other", it said.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the delegation, led by Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, flew 45 minutes from Inchon to land in Pyongyang.

Global alarm at the rapid advance of nuclear-armed North Korea's weapons technology rose further past year when the regime tested its Hwasong-15 ballistic missile theoretically capable of hitting the mainland U.S., in a challenge to Washington that has threatened to "utterly destroy" the regime in the event of an attack.

Before these meetings, the Trump and Moon administrations were not aligned on whether Seoul's new engagement with Pyongyang should continue after the Olympics end. "Her being here is not that bad, but I feel North Korea has shown up to the Olympics without paying", Yoon told CNN during Saturday's hockey match between Switzerland and the unified Korean team. Many in Seoul, however, while interested in the warming high-level contacts, are also tempering expectations for a real breakthrough. He is entertaining a North Korean offer to visit Pyongyang. It was built in the 1960s under the government of late anti-communist dictator Park Chung-hee as a luxury facility for USA troops stationed in South Korea.

Paek, a former National Hockey League (NHL) defenseman, and his squad arrived in Gangneung, site of all hockey games during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, on Sunday afternoon.

"Kim Jong Un is clearly serious about reviving talks with the South to improve relations".

As Olympic games attendee and South Korean citizen Kyu-hoon told Cho, "Unification is what I was taught to long for".

"It seems clear", he said, "that the countries have entered a phase of restoring a regular level of contact".

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