February 18, 2019

Pence to North Korea: 'If you want to talk, we'll talk'

12 February 2018, 04:35 | Anna Jefferson

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A joint ice hockey team, comprising of both North and South Korean players will take part in the Winter Games.

A visit by Moon to the North would enable the first summit between leaders from the two Koreas since 2007, and would mark only the third inter-Korean summit to take place.

Shortly after North Korea invited the South Korean leader, Pence's office issued a statement.

In the interview, Pence said the US and South Korea agreed on terms for further engagement with North Korea, calling the diplomatic path "maximum pressure and engagement at the same time".

US Vice President Mike Pence said in an interview published Sunday that Washington has agreed on terms for future talks with North Korea.

Pence is viewing the short-track competition, in which eight Americans are participating.

Mr Moon said the Koreas should "make it happen" and encouraged the North to return to negotiations with the US.

Speaking to reporters during a flight on Saturday, Mr Pence said: "There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programme".

Vice president Mike Pence said in a newspaper interview the United States and South Korea have agreed on terms for further diplomatic engagement with North Korea, first with Seoul and then possibly leading to direct talks with Washington without pre-conditions.

North Korea has said it will never give up its nuclear deterrent and critics in the South see its participation in the Games as a reward for bad behavior. It also increases the chances the United States and North Korea will soon begin a process that represents the best hope of preventing a devastating worldwide conflict.

In it, Kim Jong Un highlighted several huge intercontinental ballistic missiles, which were successfully flight tested three times past year and could reach deep into the United States mainland when perfected.

The invitation, delivered by Kim's visiting sister Kim Yo Jong, said Kim was willing to meet the South's leader "at the earliest date possible", said a spokesman for the presidential Blue House.

The discussions from Saturday's meeting weren't immediately released. "We can't say right now".

The officials toasted with the Korean liquor "soju" and were served buckwheat and potato pancakes, dried pollock soup, grilled halibut and other dishes.

The North Koreans were to fly back to Pyongyang later Sunday on a private jet, wrapping up a three-day trip.

Their elder brother, Kim Jong-chol, stepped out of the public eye after Kim Jong-un assumed power in late 2011.

At the airport, South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon saw off the delegation, including Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un who serves as the first vice director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

That doesn't mean Vice President Mike Pence, who also was attending the Games' opening ceremonies, was about to shake hands with Kim Yo Jong.

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