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North and South Korea parades together: rapprochement between leaders

North and South Korea parades together: rapprochement between leaders

In an effort to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has sent a 500-person delegation of athletes, musicians and performers to the Olympics.

"Kim Yo Jong is the ideal counterpart to this", Hwang said.

Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, arrives for a banquet in Seoul, South Korea February 11, 2018.

"I never thought I would visit (the South) so suddenly and believed much would be odd and different but I saw many things that were similar or the same", said Kim Yo Jong in a toast during Sunday's dinner, adding she hoped to meet the "friendly faces" before her later in Pyongyang.

Mark Adams, spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, said it was "normal practice" not to disclose the source as investigations continued.

"We are investigating the cause and we will share more information".

Even so, there's also cautious optimism, or curiosity at least.

Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, verbally delivered the invite to Moon on Saturday.

Moon told Kim Yo Jong that the North and South should continue to build conditions for a summit, Moon spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

When he insisted to Mr Moon that South Korea and the United States should resume their joint Foal Eagle military exercise after the Olympics, he was told not to meddle in the South's "sovereignty and internal affairs".

The invitation was extended by Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong during a lunch meeting with Moon at Blue House, the presidential palace in Seoul.

But as the peninsula tries to de-escalate the threat of nuclear war, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned the U.S.is slated to impose another round of sanctions against North Korea.




A visit by Moon to the North would be only the third inter-Korean summit to take place.

The opening part of the talks was mostly about the weather: Pyeongchang was colder than Seoul, it was agreed. When you're competing you can go back and make up for mistakes.

At the luncheon, Moon proposed a toast, calling for peace and "mutual prosperity" for the two Koreas.

"I was anxious there might be some problem", she said.

"We want to see President Moon become a protagonist in opening a new chapter for reunification and leave great footprints in history", she said. The Games' systems, including the internet and television services, were affected by the hack two days ago but organisers said it had not compromised any critical part of their operations. Officials didn't reveal what was written in it. They were also served North Korean-style fermented fish and white "kimchi" or fermented cabbage.

Switzerland's Alina Muller nearly single-handedly spoiled Korea's Olympic unity moment on Saturday, scoring four goals to power the Swiss to an 8-0 win over Korea's unified women's ice hockey team. The Koreans were crushed by Switzerland, 8-0.

"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 denuclearisation", he said before the North's invitation to Moon was announced. It is one we are dealing with.

That, predictably, was the image that North Korea's main newspaper put on its front pages.

Some North Korean experts believe tough United Nations sanctions that are cutting off most of the isolated North's sources of revenue have added pressure on Pyongyang to engage further with Seoul.

The focus on the U.S.

"What can not be overlooked is that Moon did not directly demand North Korea to abandon its nuclear development".

"Without inter-Korean coordination, the U.S. would return to pressuring North Korea".


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