United States ready to talk with North Korea, Pence says
United States ready to talk with North Korea, Pence says
REUTERS Yonhap North Korea Delegation That Includes Kim’s Sister Lands in South Korea – Reports
12 February, 2018, 14:14
During the visit, Kim Yo Jong had delivered a letter from her brother asking South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang at his earliest convenience.
"I never thought I would visit (the South) so suddenly and believed much would be odd and different but I saw many things that were similar or the same", said Kim Yo Jong in a toast during Sunday's dinner, adding she hoped to meet the "friendly faces" before her later in Pyongyang. Pence endorsed a change of tactics after Moon assured him the North Koreans wouldn't get economic or diplomatic benefits just for talking - they must take concrete steps toward denuclearization.
South Korean president Moon Jae-in has met North Korean officials, including Kim Jong-un's sister, over lunch at Seoul's presidential palace, a historic event that is the highest level contact between the two nations in more than a decade.
Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, led a charm offensive during the Games, inviting Moon for a summit in Pyongyang and asking him to play a "leading role" in reuniting the two Koreas after almost seven decades. Pence dubbed the new strategy "maximum pressure and engagement at the same time".
"Although many Koreans are welcoming North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are also significant criticism and concerns both domestically and internationally", the statement said.
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The meeting could be a prelude to a summit between leaders from the two countries, and Moon has already said he is willing to travel to Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong-un.
Taekwondo athletes from North and South Korea produced a stunning demonstration in Gangwon as sporting diplomacy took center stage alongside kicking, screaming and flying planks of wood on Saturday. "Doing so gives the United States many more options to use in its negotiations with North Korea".
During their meeting President Moon was pictured smiling and shaking hands with Kim Yo Jong.
The Unification Ministry said steps regarding the improvement of ties would be led by the two Koreas, but also in cooperation with related countries and the support of the global community.
The delegation of 22 officials from the North arrived on Friday in order to attend the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.
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