North Korea Proposes Inter-Korean Leaders Summit


"We are determined to make sure that even in the midst of the powerful background & idealism of the Olympics, the World is reminded of the truth about North Korea", Pence tweeted on Friday.

And despite the ongoing tension between the USA and North Korea, Pence could very well bump into members of the North Korean delegation - led by Kim Yo Jong, the sister of authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, and his ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam - at the games.

All broke out in broad smiles.

After decades mired in a standoff that has at times, especially over the previous year, seemed ready to spiral into another Korean War, there will be North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, sitting down to lunch with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The Games have triggered rapid reconciliation between the two Koreas, who are still technically at war.

As for sharing Moon's box with the North Koreans, the officials said they knew in advance who was going to be in Moon's box to watch the opening ceremony.

She has been demonstrating a very different demeanor than she does in the North, said Korean Peninsula Future Forum analyst Duyeon Kim.

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U.S. president Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership traded insults and threats of nuclear war as tensions rose, with Trump repeatedly dismissing the prospect or value of talks with North Korea.

Pence's cold demeanor toward the North Koreans at the Pyeongchang games was overshadowed by friendly cooperation between the North and South. There was another handshake.

"Her being here is not that bad, but I feel North Korea has shown up to the Olympics without paying", said Yoon Jun-young, 23, indicating that the nation hasn't made any political concessions to mirror its participation on the worldwide sporting stage.

Just days into the 2018 Winter Olympics, it is clear that it will be remembered as much for political gymnastics as sporting prowess.

The invitation to visit Pyongyang at the "earliest date" was delivered by Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong, the Yonhap news agency reported citing presidential administration.

Hundreds of protestors gathered in Seoul on Sunday to vent their anger at what they called the "Pyongyang Games".

Japanese editorials sounded a similar warning, saying dialogue would be meaningless unless it led to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

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She is reportedly the first member of Jong-Un's family to travel South across the border since the Korean War. A Moon-Kim summit would mark the first time leaders of two countries have met in 11 years.

Moon sees the Olympics as an opportunity to restore meaningful communication with North Korea after an extended diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear ambitions. Roh continued the efforts, which saw North and South Korea pursue now-stalled economic cooperation projects and reunions of families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

In sharp contrast with the "for-us-by-us-detente" message that Kim Jong Un is pushing - while explicitly telling the mind its own business - Pence's demands for the North to abandon nuclear ambitions before any talks seem all the more harsh.

At the memorial, Mr. Pence also met with four North Korean defectors, along with Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto F. Warmbier, the college student from Cincinnati who fell into an irreversible coma after being detained in Pyongyang, and died soon after being returned to his parents.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in described the games as a "festival and celebration of peace", and the competition's curtain-raiser certainly set the tone.

Kim, a high-ranking official in Pyongyang's dictatorial regime, had been selected by her brother as the North's delegate to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Friday. "No one else in leadership can bring messages directly to Kim Jong Un".

On Thursday, Seong-ho met and embraced Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier - the U.S. student who died in 2016 after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months.

South Korea says the artists will return to the North on Tuesday by a land route.

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"When the Olympics are long a distant memory", Pence added, the United States would "continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically".