S Korean PM hosts lunch for North Korean delegation

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According to CNN, though Moon and Pence did not discuss the invitation during an afternoon meeting, a US official "added that Pence does not believe that the invitation dilutes the toughness of the United States pressure campaign on North Korea".

Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, delivered her brother's letter to President Moon Jae-in, which includes an invitation to Pyongyang at an early date.

During Pence's visit, Moon assured the vice president he would tell the North Koreans clearly that they would not get economic or diplomatic concessions for just talking, only for taking concrete steps toward denuclearization, the newspaper said.

Kim Jong Un has invited the South Korean President to Pyongyang for what could potentially be the first meeting of Korean leaders in over a decade.

Such a high-level meeting would have been unthinkable even a few months ago, but 2018 has seen an accelerated rapprochement between the two adversaries in the run-up to the Games.

After all, in 2006, North Korea reportedly sent at least 21 members of its cheering squad to prisons camps after they returned from an worldwide sports event in South Korea and discussed their experience in the neighboring country with their family and friends.

God bless Vice President Mike Pence for politely but firmly giving Kim Jong-un the silent equivalent of a two-word greeting. Kim then sent his sister and special envoy Kim Yo-jong to attend the opening ceremony and meet Moon.

The apparent thaw has not been reflected in Washington, however.

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Pence was at pains to insist that Washington and Seoul were on the same page as he returned to Washington from leading the United States delegation to the Olympics.

Ms Kim is the first member of North Korea's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South after the two sides separated following the Korean War in the early 1950s. Notably, Pence refused to acknowledge the presence of the North Korean delegation, a reflection of the hard stance the US was taking against Pyongyang.

"The Vice President is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions", said Pence's spokeswoman, Alyssa Farah.

The delegation will return to Pyongyang later today.

"They must be over 163cm (5ft 4ins) tall and come from good families", explained An Chan-il, a defector who runs the World Institute for North Korea Studies.

"The visit shows North Korea's will strongly improve inter-Korean ties and if need be, it will take unprecedented and aggressive measures", the ministry said.

"We don't want to repeat the mistakes of the past".

But North Korea seems to be sticking to its anti-American stance. The United States fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an "ironclad" agreement to protect its ally. The sanctions are the only reason North Korea made a decision to participate in the Winter Olympics, which means they hold the key to resolving the nuclear impasse.

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