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North Korean leader offers to meet South Korean president

12 February 2018, 08:14 | Devin Moran

As Washington seeks more sanctions, North Korea avoids meet at Olympics

North Korea had a military parade on the eve of the Olympic Games

And when the Koreans emerged - North Korea ice hockey player Chung Gum Hwang and South Korean bobsledder Won Yun-jong both held the flag of a unified Korean peninsula - they were greeted to an ovation from 35,000 cheering spectators.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited Moon to visit Pyongyang. "The proposal, as well as North Korea's presence at the Games, sends a signal that the North Koreans are ready to talk", Lankov said. He signed a peace pledge with Kim Jong-il.

Vice President Pence is using his appearance at the Winter Olympics to call on the worldwide community to take a tougher stance on North Korea's nuclear program and human rights abuses.

The North Korean delegation is set to return home Sunday. The South Korean intelligence service says she was born in 1987; the USA government thinks it was 1989.

South Korea treated the ferry as an exception to maritime sanctions it imposed on the North so it could transport the artists to the South.

Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah says Pence visited with guests at several tables at Friday's reception, "but did not come across the North Korean delegation".

Though this is not the first time athletes from the two countries have entered the Olympics together, it would take an extraordinary sporting feat to usurp the Koreans' march as the predominant moment of these Games. Those rules mean, without question, that a 90-year-old male head of state, should sit in the best seat.

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. He also said the ceremonies were not the appropriate venue for serious talks.

A Blue House official said Moon "practically accepted" the invitation.

The United States has repeatedly pressed China, North Korea's most significant trading partner and main ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile ambitions. The U.S. -led worldwide community has been tightening the screws on North Korea with sanctions created to punish its economy and rein in its efforts to expand its nuclear weapons and missile program, which now includes developmental long-range missiles targeting the U.S. mainland.




Though Moon has used the Olympics to resurrect meaningful communication with North Korea after a diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear program, he didn't immediately jump on the North Korean offer for a summit. "We hope to see you in Pyongyang at an early date", Kim Yo Jong told Moon after delivering a personal letter from her brother, according to officials.

The last time South Korea hosted the Olympics, North Korea tried to sabotage the event with a terrorist attack.

"For our team meetings it is going through to English to South Korean to North Korean".

Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul later on Thursday.

"Is it really that different from speaking to someone from another region in South Korea?".

Abe is visiting South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Games and hold talks with South Korean President Moon Jae In.

Looking confident and relaxed, she had a brief meeting at the airport with South Korean officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, before being whisked away in a black limousine and catching the high-speed train to the mountains of Pyeongchang.

Included in the DPRK delegation are Choe Hwi, chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.



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