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NKorea notes 'warm talks' with SKorea's Moon, no mention of summit invitation

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to meet with him in the North for a summit, Moon's spokesman said Saturday morning. Pence was in South Korea for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

Both countries - and the United States - spent much of 2017 locked in a war of words because of North Korea's improving nuclear program and its provocative missile tests.

Despite Pence's hardline stance and words, he has also signaled the United States is possibly open to negotiations when he said in regards to the North Korean officials, "I haven't requested any meeting".

The nuclear-armed North is on an Olympics-linked charm offensive, sending athletes, a troupe of performers, hundreds of female cheerleaders, the ceremonial head of state and even Kim's sister to South Korea. White House officials stressed that Pence had applauded only for the American team, but Asia experts said the vice president's refusal to stand could be seen as disrespectful to the hosts.

North and South Korea teams entered together under the Korean Unification Flag during the Opening Ceremony. North Korea's participation in the event has been viewed as a sign of thawing relations between the two Koreas.

ROME-U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday it was too early to tell whether a diplomatic detente between the two Koreas at the Winter Olympics would lead to results, but the move had not driven a wedge between Washington and Seoul.

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That display of unity comes after sustained overtures made by South Korea's president Moon Jae-in. President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un were not among those present.


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In its first reports about the Games, North Korea's state-run media slammed U.S. During their meeting, she invited him to visit North Korea.


Soldiers march during a grand military parade celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 9. He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government.

Moon shook Kim's hand; Pence stared forward and refused to engage with her. Moon shared details with Pence of his meeting with North Korean leaders, but did not talk about the invitation to talks in Pyongyang.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been using the Games in his efforts to re-engage with the North and to pave the way for talks over the North's weapons programme.

Angela Ruggiero, a four-times ice hockey world champion and Olympic gold medalist, said she would ask others to nominate the team, which included 12 players from North Korea which is still technically at war with the South.

She is considered the gatekeeper of her brother's appearances and security, according to Michael Madden, the founder and director of NK Leadership Watch, an analysis website focused on North Korea.

US student Otto Warmbier cries at court in an undisclosed location in North Korea, in a photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 16, 2016. Despite the ban 168 "Olympic Athletes from Russia" will compete in Pyeongchang.

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