Moon meets Kim's sister inside Blue House

Fireworks explode behind the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea Friday

Fireworks explode behind the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea Friday

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left) shakes hands with Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North Korea's agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs, as Kim Yo Jong (right), sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, watches before a meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea. The senior US official said Pence was not trying to avoid the North Korean officials but rather ignore them. Moon has looked to the games, which open today, as an opportunity to pursue a diplomatic opening with the North - a move Pence cautioned against. "We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games", he said in Japan earlier this week. He added his hope that the visit becomes "a venue that leads to dialogue for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

North Korean state media broadcast the parade, showing what appeared to be the Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 - the ICBMs test-launched previous year for the first time.

"Our resolve to stand with you is unshakable", Pence said.

As part of his push against North Korean propaganda, Pence attended the short track speed skating with Fred Warmbier, the father of an American student who died past year after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months.

The smiles and handshakes were friendlier than some of the North's past history with the complex - in 1968 Pyongyang sent commandos to attack it to try to assassinate the South's then leader.

But during the Olympic's elaborate opening ceremonies, Pence found himself in an awkward position. Pence carried a similar message. A big one could be a demand to cease the U.S.

Moon joined Pence in the arena and sat next to him, turned around to greet Warmbier, according to a White House pool report.

The 28-year-old is a crucial part of the North's Games delegation led by Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state.

NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited the South's President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang, Seoul said today.

This is the first time a member of the Kim dynasty has traveled to South Korea, though their grandfather, Kim Il Sung, went to areas occupied by his troops south of what is now the Demilitarized Zone during the 1950-53 Korean War.

The Trump administration is cautious of Seoul falling for North Korea's charm offensive during the Winter Olympics, which are taking place amid tension over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Talks between North and South Korean leaders have happened in the past without yielding any significant changes in North Korea's behavior.

"It helps that she also appears dynamic and photogenic", he said.

Moon apparently cited the conditions necessary for an inter-Korean summit. The U.S. and the North should quickly resume dialogue, he said.

On the eve of the opening of the Winter Olympics in South Korea's PyeongChang, North Korea held a military parade in Pyongyang, at which it showed off long-range missiles, including its intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, the Hwasong-15. The night before, Kim and other North Korean delegates attended the opening ceremony of the Olympics, watching a "unified" Korean team march under a banner showing an undivided Korean Peninsula.

South Korea says the artists will return to the North on Tuesday by a land route.

It was that position which led the U.S. Treasury Department to blacklist her past year for censorship and "severe human rights abuses".

"As we speak, an estimated 100,000 North Korean citizens labor in modern-day gulags", Pence said.

Pence's personal guest at the games will be Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American who died past year days after his release from captivity in North Korea.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.