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South Korea President Has Rare Meeting With North Leader's Sister

11 February 2018, 01:54 | Devin Moran

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday told reporters there is "no daylight" between Washington and Seoul after a summit proposal from Kim Jong Un was extended to South Korean Moon Jae-in on the same day. Between the lunch and talks, they spent nearly three hours together.

Officially, Kim Yo Jong, at the age of 30, is just a member of a delegation led by 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam.

Moon and President Donald Trump have previously said they'd be willing to meet with the North Korean leader under the right conditions.

Pence said he and Moon spoke as "friends" and are completely aligned on the need to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea.

Moon responded that he would try to make it happen, the spokesman said. She is the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and believed to be his closest confidant.

Pence's office, meanwhile, didn't directly address Kim's invitation to Moon. A visit by Moon to the North would enable the first summit between leaders from the two Koreas since 2007. But the North Korean cheerleading squad there to support the team? A total of about 500 North Koreans, including 22 athletes and 140 musicians, arrived in South Korea this week for the Olympics.

Pence says he's leaving Asia "very confident that we are going to continue to do the things we've known have to be done to continue to pressure North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions".




At the opening ceremonies Friday, Pence sat stone-faced in his seat as Moon and North Korean officials stood together with much of the stadium to applaud their joint team of athletes.

What did seem clear was that, deliberately or not, the North Korean government had managed to edge its way onto center stage during the South's biggest global moment in years. Those photos quickly went viral.

Jarrod Agen, the vice president's spokesman, on Saturday tweeted a recap of Pence's visit so far.

It was a raucous and historic night mixing sports and politics on an worldwide stage for a second straight night in this remote region of South Korea. Pyongyang has repeatedly said it needs a deterrent to stop the United States attacking it. Washington, which has struck a hard line against the North's nuclear weapon program, had no immediate reaction to the overture.

However, few officials have said this in quite the colorful language that Trump has used. Earlier in the week, Pence accused Pyongyang of trying to "hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games".

North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from USA aggression.

The ceremony was marked by a show of unity between North and South Korea.



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