Kim Jong Un invites South Korea's Moon to Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un invites South Korea's Moon to Pyongyang

A White House official said although Moon did not discuss the invitation to Pyongyang with Mr Pence, the South Korean president made it very clear that only when North Korea actually starts to take steps to denuclearise would anyone even consider beginning to take the pressure off.

The delegation includes the North Korean ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, who has attended different worldwide games before, and Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's younger sister.

Pence said the United States and South Korea were closely aligned in their approach to dealing with North Korea.

"Having these red communists in the heart of Seoul is a humiliation!" one demonstrator yelled near the theater as dozens waved signs and banners condemning Moon and Kim Jong Un.

Before these meetings, the Trump and Moon administrations were not aligned on whether Seoul's new engagement with Pyongyang should continue after the Olympics end.

Speaking at the ceremony, ROK President Moon Jae-in called the Games a "festival and celebration of peace".

It was the USA that appeared to be the one left in the cold, especially after the sister of the North Korean dictator extended an invitation from her brother for Moon to visit the North.

The future situation on the Korean Peninsula will be swayed by the handling of the joint U.S.

The 22-member delegation of North Korean high-level officers arrived in South Korea on Friday for a three-day visit, ahead of the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympic Games celebration.

The apparent thaw has not been reflected in Washington, however.

"We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games", he said in Japan earlier this week.

Douglas Paal, a former senior United States diplomat under previous Republican administrations, said North Korea held the propaganda edge for now because, "it's tough not to get caught up in the emotions of an Olympics event".

Kim Yo Jong, as a special envoy for Kim Jong Un, joined the delegation led by Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea.

Pyongyang has ruled out a meeting with the USA delegation during the Winter Games.

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

"We hope to see you in Pyongyang at an early date", Kim Yo Jong told Moon after delivering a personal letter from her brother, according to officials.

Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test previous year and in November tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile that experts said has the range to reach anywhere in the United States.

"We want to see President Moon become a protagonist in opening a new chapter for reunification and leave great footprints in history", she said.

Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.

Moon and Kim Yong Nam, the North's ceremonial head of state, will jointly attend the unified Korean women's ice hockey team's first match later Saturday evening.