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Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit

Moon, however, has looked at the games as an opportunity to pursue a diplomatic opening with North Korea, which sent leader Kim Jong Un's sister to attend the opening ceremony.

Perhaps the most intriguing geopolitical news to come out of the start of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, held in PyeongChang, South Korea, might be the fact that the two Korean states made a decision to unify on the global stage for the occasion.

A big one could be a demand to cease the US-South Korean war games that North Korea claims are preparation for invasion.

The team had included 12 North Korean players. South Korea's presidential Blue House also had no immediate comment.

The meeting followed a brief encounter between the two parties at the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday, in which Moon twice shook hands with Yo-jong.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis says "there's no wedge" between the United States and South Korea, despite recent overtures between South Korea and North Korea.

Lee echoed Moon's remarks during the lunch and added that inter-Korean talks should continue after the Olympics.

In the meeting, Kim Yo Jong handed Moon a letter from her brother, and she asked Moon to visit the North at the earliest possible date for an inter-Korean summit.

N.Korean delegation leaves S.Korea
The isolated North sent hundreds of athletes, cheerleaders and other figures to cross the border to take part in the Games. Pence and the North Korean delegation sat near each other at the ceremony but did not acknowledge or speak to each other.

Some protested outside the opening ceremony on Friday, believing Kim Jong-un can not be trusted and is just papering over his nuclear aggression.

Shortly after North Korea invited the South Korean leader, Pence's office issued a statement.

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.

So despite his concerted efforts to highlight North Korea's numerous offenses and push Moon to hold the hard line against Pyongyang, Pence seems to have been reduced to being a tag-along in yet another world leader's entourage.

Pence and his people had essentially no comment on that significant development as Pence left South Korea later in the day.

Later on Saturday Mr Moon and Mr Kim will attend the first ice hockey match played by athletes from both North and South Korea on Saturday, according to reports.

North Korea is weak in winter sports, and none of its 22 athletes at Pyeongchang is expected to bring home a medal.

Moon, the son of North Korean refugees, has long advocated for friendlier relations and dialogue with the north. The Korean news service reported that spectators who purchased tickets to Olympic events were unable to print their reservations until the site came back online Saturday morning.