South Korean leader welcomes North Korean delegation to presidential Blue House

Moon Jae-In

Kim Yong Nam, the North's nominal head of state who was also at Saturday's meeting, said "even unexpected difficulties and ordeals could be surely overcome and the future of reunification brought earlier when having a firm will and taking courage and determination to usher in a new heyday of inter-Korean relations".

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.

They stressed the North Koreans in the VIP box had watched Pence, Moon and Abe hold a running discussion in the front row for the more than two-hour ceremonies.

After months of silence on whether it would even take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, the Games have driven a rapprochement on the peninsula, while the North's athletes, performers and delegates have dominated the headlines. The parties have also reiterated their desire to boost cooperation and dialogue between Pyongyang and Seoul.

Their family is among American tourists arriving in Pyeongchang, South Korea, calm and excited for the games, but with stories of family and friends so frightened by the ratcheting tension between the United States and North Korea they had warned them to stay at home.

The belief that God is a higher authority than North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is seen as a threat.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday it was too early to tell whether a diplomatic detente between the two Koreas at the Winter Olympics would lead to results, but the move had not driven a wedge between Washington and Seoul.

Moon shook hands with both Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam at the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday and they cheered as athletes from North and South entered the arena together behind a unification flag showing an undivided Korean peninsula.

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The invitation doesn't undermine Pence's message or goal of his trip to the Olympics in any way, the official said . Moon has benefited from the rock star-like reception that Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, has received here.

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

President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong Un have engaged in a series of personal insults. The South Korean team was low-ranked on its own, and the introduction of North Koreans just days before the Games began did not help.

The game was a mismatch pretty much from the opening faceoff, though you would have never known it by the constant noise made by tightly choreographed North Korean cheerleaders and the much looser fans from the South.

On his way to Asia earlier this week, the USA vice-president told reporters he was not seeking direct talks with North Korean officials, "but we'll see what happens".

The charity's statement comes after the joint Korean women's ice hockey team and the pro-unification flag show.

In an article titled "Shameful behavior using sacred Olympics for confrontational schemes, ' the ruling party's Rodong Sinmun daily accused Pence of 'snobbishly" asking South Korea to arrange the Olympic events so that he wouldn't run into North Korean delegates.

One calligraphy expert described her as "positive, upbeat and very goal-oriented" based on the precisely angular, somewhat girlish script she left in the guest book at the South's presidential Blue House.

The North Korean invitation puts Moon in a hard position as he seeks a rapprochement with the north on the one hand and a desire not to upset the USA on the other. The organisation estimates that there are 300,000 Christians in North Korea.

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