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North Korea invites South Korean president to visit

North Korea invites South Korean president to visit

He has used the Winter Olympics, which opened in the South Korean area of Pyeongchang on Friday, as a springboard for detente with North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in sat next to the powerful sister of the North's leader Kim Jong Un at a concert in Seoul by musicians from Pyongyang, as conservative protesters burned the North's national flag outside on Sunday.

Kim Yo-jong and the North's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, made up the most senior delegation from Pyongyang o visit the South since the Korean War in the 1950s.

According to journalists in Pyeongchang for the ceremony, it's unclear what the two impersonators were doing, but they apparently made a scene.

During Saturday's meeting with the North Korean visitors, Moon said an early meeting between the USA and North Korea was necessary to further the relationship between South and North Korea, urging Pyongyang to respond positively to his suggestion.

Meanwhile, according to reports, there were anti-Korean unification protests outside the stadium.

The recent detente, anchored by South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympic Games that began on Friday, came despite an acceleration in the North's weapons programmes a year ago and pressure from Seoul's allies in Washington.

This year, they sent a delegation and also have a joint women's hockey team with South Korea.

South Korea's principal opposition party, the Liberty Korea Party, was not impressed.

The North Koreans have invited Moon to visit Pyongyang in what would be the third inter-Korean summit talks since their 1945 division.




However, few officials have said this in quite the colorful language that Trump has used. "They have people hungry in North Korea".

In December, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offered to start talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, but the State Department later said there would first have to be a "period of calm" in which Pyongyang suspends testing before any negotiations could begin.

North Korea's other big action to celebrate the Olympics was a giant military parade that took place on January 8th, just a day before the Opening Ceremony.

This is the first time a member of the Kim dynasty has traveled to South Korea, though their grandfather, Kim Il Sung, went to areas occupied by his troops south of what is now the Demilitarized Zone during the 1950-53 Korean War. Mr. Pence said he planned to "stand with our allies and remind the world that North Korea is the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet".

Nothing has been settled on any trip north by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Asked about Seoul, Kim said: "It doesn't feel unfamiliar", Yonhap reported.

He also did not shake hands with Kim Yong Nam while making a brief appearance at a leaders' reception ahead of the ceremony-although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country is also regularly threatened by Pyongyang, did so, while exchanging pleasantries with the North Korean. Communications director Jarrod Agen tweeted a laudatory review of Pence's evening: "VP stands and cheers for US athletes".

The atmosphere could deteriorate on the Korean Peninsula after South Korea and the United States resume joint military exercise, which the allies have suspend until after the Olympics.

In many ways, the 2018 Winter Olympics are a celebration of all that is right about the world. I mean, we get along personally, so I believe Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, they will, if they talk, they'll probably get along, because in my opinion, they're much the same people.