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Kim Jong Un Has Invited The South Korean President To Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un Has Invited The South Korean President To Pyongyang

United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters at United Nations headquarters that Guterres sat near 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam at a dinner Friday night, and they were also near each other during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in held landmark talks with a high-level delegation from North Korea at the presidential palace in Seoul.

The North's official arrived here on Friday as part of a 22-member delegation, led by ceremonial state head Kim Yong-nam.

Pence is leading the US delegation to the opening ceremonies, where he has worked to pour cold water on warming ties between the two Koreas.

Its progress has accelerated under leader Kim Jong Un, culminating in its sixth and biggest nuclear test in September 2017.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that servers were shut down to prevent damage to technical systems, causing problems with the Pyeongchang Olympic website.

Two members of the joint Korean hockey team carried the Olympic torch up a steep flight of stairs, and spectators gasped in unison when they realized the torch would be given to 2010 Olympic figure skating champion Yuna Kim to light the flame. He added that he "wanted the honor of meeting with the men and women who fled the tyranny of North Korea".

If Seoul puts its top priority on improving relations with Pyongyang, that could threaten cooperation of the United States, Japan and South Korea on bolstering pressure on North Korea, which has shown no sign of giving up its missile and nuclear programs.

KCNA, North Korea's official state media, called Pence's refusal to applaud the joint Korean team at the Olympics an "ugly sight" and warned the US leader to "stop behaving imprudently" in opposition to improving inter-Korean ties.

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.

A senior U.S. official said Pence and Moon, while watching speed skating together on Saturday night, discussed intensifying sanctions.




Moon's office said he told Abe that the talks between the Koreas would not disrupt global efforts to deal with North Korea's nuclear program.

Born in 1987, she studied in Switzerland, like Kim Jong Un, and is believed to have attended Kim Il Sung University and a European school for her higher education.

The delegations shared a lunch of dried pollack dumpling soup, a regional specialty of the only divided province on the Korean peninsula.

Readily compromising with North Korea without securing its denuclearization would create room for Pyongyang to further develop weapons of mass destruction.

"It is absolutely necessary for the North and the United States to engage in talks at an early date", he cited Moon as saying.

Moon, who was seated in front of the North Korean delegation, was photographed shaking hands with a smiling Kim.

Kim Yong Nam on Friday took a picture with Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook before entering the reception room.

"For now the North is asking for a price that is too high, and the USA is not willing to buy at that price", Kim told Seoul's JoongAng Ilbo daily.

Any summit between the two still-officially warring Koreas would be a coup for Moon, who has been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is also in Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony.

This will be the largest Winter Games in history, with 2,800 athletes due to compete in a record 102 events, but even during the parade of nations it was not always about the competitors, as the focus of some spectators turned to President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un impersonators.


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