Kim Jong Un Has Invited The South Korean President To Pyongyang

Gold medal at Winter Olympics changed my life – how I wish I could do it all again

Gold medal at Winter Olympics changed my life – how I wish I could do it all again

The Vancouver Olympic Cauldron was once again put aflame Thursday night at Jack Poole Plaza, ahead of the opening ceremonies and to support the Canadian athletes in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. President Donald Trump time and time again has denigrated the need to talk with the north, leading to tensions between Seoul and Washington over how best to engage Pyongyang.

Kim Yo-jong had become the first member of the ruling Pyongyang family to set foot in the south since the end of the Korean War so her greeting with Moon Jae-in was seen as symbolic.

Read alsoKoreas to march under single "united" flag in Olympic Games - BBCShe made the invitation during a rare lunch meeting between representatives from the two rival neighbors at Seoul's presidential palace. "Let us make it happen by creating the necessary conditions in the future", he was quoted as saying.

While he was in South Korea, Pence opted to ignore the North Koreans but didn't avoid meeting with them, the official said.

The Winter Olympics opened earlier today (local time) with cultural and artistic performances as well as the customary parade of athletes, which was the delegations from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea under one flag, carried together by a sportsperson from each team. On the other, the president of South Korea sat with Kim's sister and North Korea's nominal head of state, separated only by IOC President Thomas Bach.

Mr Moon took a commemorative photo with the North Korean guests prior to their talks.

Some North Korean experts believe tough United Nations sanctions that are cutting off most of the isolated North's sources of revenue have added pressure on Pyongyang to engage further with Seoul.

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On Wednesday, Pence announced the "toughest" round of sanctions yet targeting North Korea at a news conference alongside Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Moon and Kim Yong Nam planned to return to the Games venue to watch the joint Korean women's ice hockey team - the first ever combined team at the Olympics - take on Switzerland, the Blue House said.

North Korea state media on Friday confirmed the sacking of the country's military chief Hwang Pyong So, after Southern reports said he had been fired for corruption.

It's the final stop on a six-day trip that Pence had hoped would increase pressure on North Korea as it seeks to use the games to pursue an opening with the South.

He added that USA and allied military exercises will be delayed until after the end of the Winter Olympics on February 25.

"The Secretary-General did meet with Kim Yong Nam".

Moon and Kim Yo Jong broke out broad smiles as they shook hands before the start of the opening ceremony.

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