Sunday, 18 February, 2018

South Korean President Meets With Kim's Sister

Kim Yo-jong and Mike Pence REUTERS WINTER OLYMPICS Mike Pence sits in front of Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong
Ellis Copeland | 12 February, 2018, 03:05

Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong delivered the verbal invitation on Friday after arriving in Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

Warmbier, an American college student who visited North Korea in 2015, was imprisoned by the government and accused of attempting to steal a propaganda poster.

North and South Korea are technically still at war after their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.

The North's state-run news agency said talks with President Moon Jae-in were "frank" but failed to mention the summit invitation. During the games, they're also accompanied by government minders tasked with security, supervision and translation duties who report suspicious activities back to Pyongyang, Young said.

Before meeting Moon, Pence said he would seek a South Korean commitment to "continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically so that we can achieve what the world has longed to see, which is a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula". North Korean state media said Thursday there was no intention on the North Korean side for such talks to take place.

A Moon-Kim summit would mark the first time leaders of two countries have met in 11 years.

Warmbier was invited as a guest of Vice President Mike Pence amid the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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On Thursday, North Korea said its official delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics had no intention of meetings its US counterpart.

Vice President Mike Pence's efforts to keep North Korea from stealing the show at the Winter Olympics proved short-lived, drowned out by images of the two Koreas marching and competing as one.

Pence had told Seoul in advance that he would be dining with USA athletes soon afterwards "so his seat was not prepared accordingly", the spokesman said.

Kim Jong Un and President Trump impersonators were booted from the Olympic Games' opening ceremony.

The US has repeatedly pressed China, North Korea's most significant trading partner and main ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile ambitions.

So, when Pence didn't stand for the unified Korean entrance during the parade of nations at the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday, Twitter didn't overlook the irony.

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