North Korea's Kim invites S Korean leader to Pyongyang

Winter Olympics 2018 IOC discussing measures to contain norovirus outbreak

Winter Olympics 2018 IOC discussing measures to contain norovirus outbreak

Reuters reported Saturday that newfound cooperation between the two countries, which do not now have a diplomatic relationship, began as a result of the South's willingness to allow the North to participate in the Olympic Games activities now being hosted in South Korea.

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delivered a personal letter to South Korea's president, inviting him to a summit in Pyongyang.

"President Moon must balance his desire for North-South reconciliation with his policy of denuclearization", Manning said.

But Pence did not join the joyous welcome for the Korean detente: he remained seated with his wife, Karen Pence, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, while others in the VIP box rose to cheer on the Koreans.

"There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile program", Pence told reporters aboard a flight back to the U.S.

After taking in tigers, drum brigades and national parades during the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, folks in South Korea were treated to another made-for-TV event: an historic meeting between high-ranking officials from both halves of the Korean Peninsula.

The two Koreas have engaged in a flurry of sports diplomacy after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un extended a rare olive branch to Seoul in his New Year's message.


Hundreds of anti-North Korea protesters scuffled with riot police not far from the stadium before the opening ceremony began, with some banners reading "Moon regime is leading Korea to destruction". South Korean President Moon Jae-in worked hard behind-the-scenes with the International Olympic Committee to convince the North Koreans to send athletes to participate in the competition.

The overture was conveyed by Kim's sister, Yo Jong, who is now in the South to attend the Winter Olympics, according to Deutsche Welle.

In its efforts to bring North Korea to the Pyeongchang Games, South Korea paused joint military exercises with the US and relaxed a series of sanctions, including on individuals like Ms. Kim.

Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, was at the opening ceremony with North Korea's nominal head of state, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam. It was not immediately known what they said, but all of them were smiling. The North and the United States were also holding a series of high-level talks on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

But controversy over the North's participation - particularly the formation of a unified women's ice hockey team, seen as unfairly denying Seoul's own citizens a chance to compete on the Olympic stage - has hit his approval ratings. "But what is more important than anything is that we are together".

There's worry, too, that the proposed summit in Pyongyang may come with preconditions - a North Korean specialty. He insisted on Saturday that the U.S., South Korea and Japan were united in their goal of isolating North Korea over the country's nuclear weapons program. "I think they take a message from the fact that she is young, sophisticated and super elite as an indication that the North Koreans want to calm things down a little bit".

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