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Pyongyang invites Moon for possible summit talks

Pyongyang invites Moon for possible summit talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited the South's President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang yesterday, Seoul said, even as the United States warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive. "And you're correct. She captured a lot of attention. I hope she defects".

A senior American member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called on Sunday for North and South Korea's joint women's ice hockey team to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The invasion came just after the two Koreas had marched into the stadium behind the blue-and-white unification flag, possibly indicating the stunt was politically motivated. Kim Yo Jong is 28 years old, according to the USA government.

But the prospect could sow division between the dovish leader, who has long argued for engagement with the nuclear-armed North to bring it to the negotiating table, and US President Donald Trump, who previous year traded personal insults and threats of war with Kim. But rather than presenting herself as a stiff party operative, she has looked engaged and interested during multiple outings in Seoul, Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

Speaking past year at his swearing-in ceremony, Moon said he would be willing to travel to Pyongyang "under the right conditions", adding that "for peace on the Korean Peninsula, I will do everything that I can do".




The vice president's office confirmed that neither the vice president nor his wife, Karen Pence, had any interactions with North Korea's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, or Kim Yo Jong.

Government officials are especially concerned because a major reason for having Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was to hold a meeting with Moon in which Abe reiterated the importance of continuing to maintain pressure on North Korea through coordination between Japan, South Korea and the United States. After the game, the entire group walked around to the Koreans' bench to greet them and pose for photos.

"Our objective here today is to stand with our allies, but it's also to stand up for the truth, and to recognize that whatever images may emerge against the powerful backdrop and idealism of the Olympics, that North Korea has to accept change", he said. Unfortunately for them, the attention they drew also got the kicked out of the event.

"We wanted the North Koreans to see the vice president, Abe and Moon sitting directly in front of them for the opening ceremonies, and it would show that that alliance is strong". It's too early to tell (although skeptics are already shaking their heads at all of the above).

At a reception on Friday, Pence shook hands with delegates from participating countries, but not with Kim Yong Nam, the leader of North Korea's Olympic delegation.


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