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North Korea boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and blew up a South Korean commercial airliner the year before.

The discussions from Saturday's meeting weren't immediately released.

Tensions between the two soared a year ago as Pyongyang tested missiles capable of reaching the US mainland and its most powerful nuclear device to date, while Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump traded personal insults and threats of war.

Moon has already put a summit offer on the table. Since he started his presidency, Moon has been hard for Japan to decipher.

This is the first time that a relative of the North Korean leader has made an official visit to the South.

The North's presence in the South has dominated Olympic headlines, with the winter sports festival triggering a flurry of cross-border trips culminating in the diplomatic delegation.

At the age of 30, Kim Yo Jong is quite possibly the most powerful woman in North Korea.

Saturday's meeting was the first time a South Korean president hosted North Korean officials for a luncheon at the Blue House since November 2007, when late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun, the political mentor of Moon, invited then-North Korean premier Kim Yong Il following a meeting with government officials in Seoul.

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South Koreans Unification Minister Cho Myung-kyun met with Kim Yo-jong in a special guest room at the airport. The group is fringe, but their demonstrations have generated irate reactions in North Korea's state-run media and could potentially spin out into a major incident if they ever manage to get closer to the North Koreans themselves - or especially Kim and her entourage. They stood from their seats and, smiling, shook each other by the hand. Yonhap via REUTERSRi Son-kwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland whispers to Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un before their meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, February 10, 2018. They were seated beside the Moons and next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife.

The spokesman says Moon also called for a quick resumption of dialogue between the United States and North Korea.

As if to drive the point home, Kim Jong Un used the eve of the Olympics to throw a massive military parade in Pyongyang that was highlighted by several huge intercontinental ballistic missiles rolled out in launcher trucks.

Amid the regional tension, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, reaffirmed in Washington their countries' commitment to pressuring Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons on Thursday, the U.S. State Department said. The North also past year conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.

Just before the opening ceremony, Kim Yong Nam attended a dinner for visiting foreign dignitaries hosted by Moon.

Pence is in South Korea, where he is leading the US delegation to the games' opening ceremonies. It was built in the 1960s as a luxury facility for US troops stationed in the South.

The first hockey match featuring the joint North-South women's ice hockey will be held Saturday night - they play Switzerland, where both Kim Jong Un and his sister went to school when they were children - and that would be an event she might want to see. They were also served North Korean-style fermented fish and white "kimchi" or fermented cabbage.

The North has sent almost 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games, including officials, athletes, artists and also a 230-member state-trained cheering group after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures for the games.

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