Pence raises prospect of United States talks with North Korea

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SEOUL-North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang "at an early date", the presidential Blue House in Seoul said on Saturday, potentially setting up the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

"North Korea clearly appears to be winning the gold", said Kim Sung-han, who served as Korea's vice foreign minister in 2012-2013 and who now teaches at Seoul's Korea University.

Reuters reported Saturday that newfound cooperation between the two countries, which do not now have a diplomatic relationship, began as a result of the South's willingness to allow the North to participate in the Olympic Games activities now being hosted in South Korea. "Even for a moment, it appears to be a normal state". It has shown no interest so far in negotiating over global demands to give up its nuclear and missile programs. He refused to acknowledge Kim Yong-nam during a brief stop at a dinner Friday night and remained seated when athletes from North and South Korea marched in the opening ceremony.

However, editorials in the Japanese press echoed the message from the South Korean opposition, warning dialogue would be pointless unless it ultimately led to denucularisation.

In its efforts to bring North Korea to the Pyeongchang Games, South Korea paused joint military exercises with the USA and relaxed a series of sanctions, including on individuals like Ms. Kim.

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"Now is not the time to postpone US-South Korea military exercises".

President Donald Trump and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in shake hands during a meeting at South Korea's presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, November 7, 2017. Moon replied that it was not appropriate for Abe to have raised the issue, which he described as an internal affair. "Moon should be aware that he has to urge denuclearisation to North Korea by himself, not depending on dialogue between the US and North Korea", an editorial in the Yomiuri Newspaper read.

"Make no mistake about it, the United States of America has viable military options to deal with a nuclear threat from North Korea but, that being said, we hope for a better path", he said.

"The North Koreans should understand that for a summit or any kind of serious talks to occur, Moon needs to be able to take something to Washington - something that addresses denuclearization", he said before the North's invitation to Moon was announced.

North Korea is under a heavy United Nations sanctions regime which was originally targeted at stopping the proliferation of arms and nuclear and missile technologies, but has become more all-encompassing after its accelerated missile testing.

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The invitation came during talks and a lunch Moon hosted with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong Un.

Here is a look at the history of inter-Korean summits and their outcomes. The North then withdrew its request after it asked for more fuel than Seoul was willing to provide, a Seoul official added.

He brought the first medal to the team of Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of the ruling Kim family bearing the bloodline of the sacred Mount Paektu, a centrepiece of the North's idolisation and propaganda campaign, to cross the border into the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.

The sight of North and South Koreans marching together for the first time in a decade was the culmination of months of work by Seoul. Analysts say that the missiles, which were successfully flight tested three times past year, could potentially reach deep into the US mainland when perfected.

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