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Kim Jong Un's sister stealing show at Olympics

North Korean media print pictures of South's Moon S. Korean unification minister hosts dinner meeting for ranking DPRK delegation
Ellis Copeland | 12 February, 2018, 03:11

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for a third intra-Korean summit, media reported on Saturday.

At a Games rife with political overtones, US Vice- President Mike Pence was watching nearby as the first North Korean athlete competed - and flopped - today.

Now, with an invitation to meet the North's dictator in Pyongyang, personally delivered on the sidelines of the Pyeongchang Olympics by that dictator's sister during the first-ever peacetime visit to the South by a member of the North Korean ruling family, Moon may be on the brink of a legacy-defining moment.

Pence said Moon updated him about the meeting he had with North Korean officials and "both of us reiterated to each other tonight that we will continue to stand strong and work in a coordinated way to bring maximum economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on North Korea".

Washington and Seoul have agreed to suspend their joint military drills until the end of South Korea's Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on March 18, to which North Korea has pledged to send its athletes.

Instead, he reiterated the USA commitment "to bring maximum pressure to bear on North Korea until that time comes when they finally and permanently and irreversibly abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions".

Pyongyang launched perhaps its most audacious assassination attempt in Myanmar in 1983, when a bomb exploded in a Yangon mausoleum during a visit by South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan.

"For North Korea, dialogue was instead the best means of deceiving us and buying time", he added.

USA president Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership traded insults and threats of nuclear war as tensions rose, with Trump repeatedly dismissing the prospect or value of talks with North Korea.

Talks between North and South Korean leaders have happened in the past without yielding any significant changes in North Korea's behavior.

Peace on the Korean Peninsula. The North Korean art group is scheduled to stage a performance in Seoul tomorrow.

South Korean President Meets With Kim's Sister
On Thursday, North Korea said its official delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics had no intention of meetings its US counterpart. The North's state-run news agency said talks with President Moon Jae-in were "frank" but failed to mention the summit invitation.


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That seemed unlikely, however, given the tone of Pence's remarks ahead of his arrival in South Korea.

The procession of North Korea's military could showcase the Kim Jong Un regime's latest weapons, created to deter a potential attack from the United States or South Korea.

As for sharing Moon's box with the North Koreans, the officials said they knew in advance who was going to be in Moon's box to watch the opening ceremony.

After a conversation with high-level representatives from South Korea's Unification Ministry, the North Korean delegation boarded a train to Pyeongchang where the so-called "peaceful Olympics" began in earnest Friday with an opening ceremony marked by North and South Korea marching under a single flag.

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.

Pence reportedly avoided contact with the North Korean delegation.

Moon's desire to engage North Korea was in contrast to his United States ally.

Pence rode to the reception with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the two held a private conversation while waiting more than 10 minutes for a photo opportunity with Moon.

Abe said during the talks: "The firm trilateral relationship of Japan, the United States and South Korea will never be shaken". Arriving on her brother Kim Jong Un's private jet for a three-day visit, Kim Yo Jong landed with the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam.

Fred Warmbier, who also attended Trump's State of the Union address, has since denounced North Korea.

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