Pyeongchang or Pyongyang? Twitter users place Olympics in North Korea

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang, officials say. The meeting is set to come at a time when the United States government under the leadership of President Donald Trump is preparing to continue the policy of maximum pressure against North Korea by imposing more economic sanctions to the repressive regime of Kim Jong Un.

The personal invitation from Kim was delivered verbally by his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, during talks and a lunch Moon hosted at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

That's what people are saying in South Korea, as they consider the unprecedented visit by Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has raised her profile dramatically at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. But he said it would be harder for Moon to keep up momentum after US and Japanese allies and South Korean conservatives remind him of what is at stake in the North Korean nuclear threat.

North Korea's state media also sharply criticized Pence.

Washington is not expected to support the initiative - recently the Trump administration has been exerting "maximum pressure" on North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme.

"The fight is not over", Mattis said Sunday.

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Pence and Moon took two very different diplomatic approaches to the North Korean delegation's attendance at the games in Pyeongchang.

Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test past year and in November tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile that experts said has the range to reach anywhere in the United States.

But South Korea's presidential Blue House said Pence had a meeting scheduled with USA athletes and had only planned to stay briefly to greet other officials.

Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday evening there is "no daylight" between the US and South Korea, despite their different approaches to engagement with North Korea at the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games. The official added that Pence does not believe that the invitation dilutes the toughness of the United States pressure campaign on North Korea. The U.S. -led worldwide community has been tightening the screws on North Korea with sanctions created to punish its economy and rein in its efforts to expand its nuclear weapons and missile program, which now includes developmental long-range missiles targeting the U.S. mainland.

Neither did Pence 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 did so. Moon also greeted Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, who was seated behind him.

The 19 other North Korean athletes participating in the games are three cross-country skiers; two short-track speed skaters; a pair of figure skaters; and 12 female hockey players who helped form the Koreas' first-ever joint Olympic team with South Korean players.

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