Published: Sun, February 11, 2018

S. Korean president meets head of DPRK delegation for Winter Olympics

S. Korean president meets head of DPRK delegation for Winter Olympics

Although Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly floated the prospect of meeting with North Korean leaders in South Korea, he apparently passed up several opportunities at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Moon did not immediately accept the offer, calling instead for efforts to "create the right conditions to realise" such a visit and urging Pyongyang to actively seek dialogue with the United States, said the spokesman.

The unified Korean team marches in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. Seated in a row with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean president Moon Jae-in, he ended up nearly directly in front of the previously snubbed Mr. Kim.

At the age of 30, Kim Yo Jong is quite possibly the most powerful woman in North Korea. An invitation for President Moon to visit Pyongyang at the "earliest date possible", per The Guardian's Benjamin Haas. Fred Warmbier also attended the Opening Ceremonies, although he did not sit in the VIP box.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean officials have attended a pre-Olympic opening ceremony reception hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, but did not meet face-to-face.

The South Korean President also stressed the need for the Communist North to resume its dialogue with the US.

"What is more important is that the government bring together not only the North, but the U.S., Japan and China, and create momentum for conversation about North Korea's nuclear weapons", Kim said.

Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Kim Yo-jong during the opening ceremony on February 9.

The spokesman says Moon replied that the North and South should continue to work to build conditions so that a summit can take place.


First rule: in the presence of guests, do not refer to their leader, Kim Jong Un, by name, or certainly do not mention his nuclear and missile programmes.

Last month, Pyongyang made a decision to send its art troupe to perform in South Korea including a 140-strong orchestra in celebration of the Olympics, in a move that many saw as an attempt to put out a friendlier image and deflect criticism against its nuclear and missile tests.

Mr Nam is leading the North Korean delegation, which Ms Kim is technically just a member of.

The sheet included word comparisons for commonly used goods and services, a hotel official said.

Pence, who will lead the US delegation to the games' opening ceremonies on Friday, met Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to press for a more clear-eyed approach toward the nuclear-armed neighbor to the north. Moon has looked at the games as an opportunity to pursue a diplomatic opening with North Korea — a move the vice president cautioned against.

In contrast to Moon's outreach, Pence called North Korea "the most tyrannical regime on the planet" earlier Friday, when he visited a memorial to 46 sailors who died when the Cheonan, a South Korean naval corvette, was sunk by a North Korean torpedo in 2010. Pence left the event after five minutes. Twice, he has delivered statements critical of North Korea while standing in front of American fighter jets. Earlier in the week, Pence accused Pyongyang of trying to "hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games".

Kim Yo-jong's visit to the South also marks the first time a member of North Korean founder Kim Il-song's family has crossed the inter-Korean border since the end of the 1950 Korean War.

It was a moment that may well define these Olympic Games: First came smiling athletes walking side-by-side under a flag of Korean unity.

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