These displays of unity at the Olympics fill us with hope

S.Korean PM hosts lunch for high-ranking N.Korean delegation

S.Korean PM hosts lunch for high-ranking N.Korean delegation

Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power past year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North.

"Kim Jong-un couldn't travel himself, he would have loved to do that, but he would have an arrest warrant in South Korea", Dr Petrov said.

"Before posing together for the photo, President Moon explained the meaning of the art work to Kim Yo-jong and Kim Yong-nam", said a presidential aide. The sign reads: "Slave Olympics".

The announcement came a day after the stunning image of the two Koreas marching together under a unified flag in the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

But the pinnacle of Pence's messaging was at the opening ceremony itself, where his personal guest was the father of American student Otto Warmbier, who died past year after being returned home in a coma after his 17-month detention in North Korea.

"We thought it was important to make sure that the truth was told", Pence said at the meeting with the defectors.

"The North Koreans should understand that for a summit or any kind of serious talks to occur, Moon needs to be able to take something to Washington - something that addresses denuclearisation", he said before the North's invitation to Moon was announced.


But the United States and Japan have warned against North Korea's "smile diplomacy", through which Pyongyang is apparently trying to weaken worldwide economic sanctions against it by getting close to South Korea.

The meeting also included two other high-level delegates- Choe Hwi, the chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son-gwon, the head of the North Korea's state agency in charge of inter-Korean affairs.

Turns out the North Korean leader is actually an Australian named Howard. "South Korea will be attracted to that idea and Moon would want to keep the maintain the momentum after the games". "The last thing I'm anxious about is a North Korean propaganda success". President Donald Trump has sought to maximize pressure on North Korea to pressure Kim into giving up his nuclear weapons, and his administration hasn't ruled out a preemptive attack.

Earlier on Friday, Pence said Moon gave his backing to additional measures the United States is planning to try to curb North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, speaking after paying tribute at a South Korean memorial.

Moon later officially declared the Olympics open, followed by a burst of fireworks. "One of the main reasons North Korean athletes don't defect is due to their families back in North Korea", Benjamin Young, a doctoral candidate at George Washington University who has researched sports in North Korea, told ABC News' Mae Joo. In addition to sending 22 athletes to compete at the games in Pyeongchang, North Korea also deployed a 229-strong all-female cheering squad to root for both nations.

The 30-year-old younger sister of North Korea's supreme leader made history on Friday as the first person from the Kim Dynasty to step on South Korean soil since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

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