Kim invites Sth Korean leader for talks

Winter Olympics 2018

Winter Olympics 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

The invitation was delivered in a meeting between Moon and the North Korean leader's sister, Yo-jong.

Kim Yo Jong was sent south of the Korean demilitarized zone by her brother Kim Jong Un, along with a delegation from their country.

She joined South Korean President Moon Jae-in, his wife and VIPs in their dignitary box to watch the opening ceremony.

THEY say sport unites, but surely not even the 2018 Winter Olympics could bring US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un together could it? That sends an implicit message that North Korea can maintain its nuclear weapons and still be welcomed by the worldwide community to participate in this important global event.

South Korean participants included senior officials Jeong Eui-yong, Jo Myong-gyoon and Im Jong-suk - the chief Presidential Secretary.

Saturday's meeting also involved three other high-level delegates, including the North Korean leader's sister, Yo-jong. He has held the position for two decades.

The invitation comes as Pyongyang goes on a charm offensive after raising tensions with a series of nuclear and missile tests in the past two years.


The Korean women's hockey team will hope to bounce back game against Sweden in their second game of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Monday.

US Vice-President Mike Pence was sitting nearby when the gesture took place.

Seating plans shown on television had Pence seated directly opposite the North's Kim Yong Nam at the reception in Pyeongchang.

His office said he did not interact with the North Koreans.

At the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday night, Moon and Kim Yo Jong shook hands in what appeared to be a friendly manner.

He also warned that Seoul's ready acceptance of Pyongyang's overtures could damage its alliance with the US.

Social media was quick to point out that Mr. and Mrs. Pence did not stand when the athletes from North Korea entered the stadium.

Kim's unusual invitation, which was received by Moon with both caution and optimism, was the latest sign of growing closeness between the two rival governments after an exceptionally tense period over the North's nuclear weapons program. She said she began boxing as a 9-year-old in a North Korean training camp, where, she told CBS, she competed against other girls for rice to feed their families.

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