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Kim Jong Un Has Invited The South Korean President To Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un Has Invited The South Korean President To Pyongyang

But in a sign Kim Jong-un is unlikely to give up his nuclear arms, he used the day before the Olympics to host a massive military parade which included trucks carrying intercontinental ballistic missiles - weapons that could potentially strike the USA mainland.

Buhari assured the athletes that Nigeria stands with them throughout the competition.

"At any moment, he could have gotten up and left and sat somewhere else, and then you would have had the image of North sitting in the box with South Korea and Japan", the official added.

During the 2000s, the two countries' athletes marched together at the opening and closing ceremonies of several worldwide sporting events, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

"What we'd like to achieve, by coming to South Korea... is to show the world that this is what peace could look like when two leaders get along", Howard told the paper.

The four senior DPRK delegates will have a meeting and lunch with President Moon on Saturday, according to South Korea's presidential Blue House.

He also did not shake hands with Kim Yong Nam while making a brief appearance at a leaders' reception ahead of the ceremony - although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country is also regularly threatened by Pyongyang, did so, while exchanging pleasantries with the North Korean.

Kim Yo Jong, 28, is the first member of the ruling Kim family bearing the bloodline of the sacred Mount Paektu, a centerpiece of the North's idolization and propaganda campaign, to cross the border into the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.

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Warming ties between the Koreas could complicate Seoul's ties with Washington, which wants to maximize its pressures on Pyongyang. About 500 North Koreans, including 22 athletes, have traveled south for the Games, which will wrap up February 25.

"As a former athlete, it was such an honor for me to serve as the last torchbearer and the cauldron lighter for this Olympics", Kim said at a press conference in PyeongChang.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Performers entertain during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

"We are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us", declared Olympic president Thomas Bach. "And he is encouraging both sides to come together". They said Pence could have opted to sit with the U.S. delegation and avoided the box that included the North Koreans.

The vice president also met with North Korean defectors while in Pyeongtaek.

The luncheon also includes Choe Hwi, chairman of the North's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

It's unclear whether the occasion could be used to set up bigger meetings between the Koreas to ease tensions.

"Working in unity on the way to unification", Kim Yong-nam wrote.