United Nations chief urges denuclearization to North Korea

N Korea holds military parade

N Korea holds military parade

Pence was seated between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's 90-year-old nominal head of state, seated a row behind.

Chung, the opposition party spokesman, said that the North's delegation flew on Kim Jong-un's plane, which means that the North had skirted breaking USA sanctions on it.

Female ice hockey players from both Koreas will compete as one team in the Olympics, which open Friday and will be attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister and other senior officials.

North Korea a year ago conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date. -North Korea meeting despite the proximity in Pyeongchang.

It was the first time a member of North Korea's ruling family ever visited the presidential palace, called the Blue House.

Hours earlier, the North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong, arrived in the South as part of a delegation led by the country's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam.

A Reuters analysis shows there has been a gradual decline in conventional weapons on display since 2012, Kim Jong Un's first parade as leader, and a move to showcase more sophisticated weapons such as ballistic missiles.

Now there are positive signs for a breakthrough in the turbulent relationship between Pyongyang and Seoul.

Moon also stressed the need for the United States to come to the table.


Vice President Mike Pence did not deliberately snub North Koreans at an Olympic reception, according to U.S. officials who pushed back on South Korean reports that Pence deliberately came late to a VIP gathering Friday evening and then snubbed officials from Pyongyang.

Although Kim Yo Jong ranks diplomatically lower than Kim Yong Nam, as Kim Jong Un's sister she is considered more important in North Korea. Jo Yong Sam, department director general of North Korea's foreign ministry, said Thursday the country had never "begged the U.S. for dialogue" and wasn't about to start now.

"Through the participation of North Korea, the "Peace Olympics" has been realised and this will lead a foundation to improve inter-Korean relations", Games chief Lee Hee-beom told reporters. Moon asked the delegation, before reporters were ushered from the room.

Senior Pyongyang foreign ministry official Cho Yong Sam said the North had "no intention" of meeting United States authorities during the trip.

"Spectators broke into cheers and applause" when the North and South Korean athletes entered the arena together behind a unification flag, it added.

North Korean state media broadcast the parade, showing what appeared to be the Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 - the ICBMs test-launched past year for the first time. He also said the ceremonies were not the appropriate venue for serious talks.

Pence travelled to South Korea to lead the US delegation to Friday's opening ceremonies, but has used his trip to participate in symbolic events meant to shine a spotlight on North Korea's nuclear program and human rights abuses.

But Moon, a liberal who has always wanted to engage the North, will also have to convince a good portion of his own people who are deeply wary about North Korean intentions.

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