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Kim Jong Un's sister met with South Korea's president

Kim Jong Un's sister met with South Korea's president

The vice president said he was "encouraged" by bilateral discussions with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Moon's talks with members of North Korea's delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics, which included Kim Yo jong, the influential and younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Winter Olympics have helped ease tensions between North and South Korea, despite the North's continued development and demonstration of its nuclear capabilities.

A top North Korean official seemed to rule out a potential meeting with US officials in the North's state-run media on Thursday, but Pence suggested to reporters that it was still a possibility.

Speaking to the Washington Post aboard Air Force Two on his way home from the Games, Pence said Washington would keep up its "maximum pressure campaign" against Pyongyang but would be open to possible talks at the same time. Moon is pursuing denuclearization of the peninsula through inter-Korea dialogue and using the global sports event to promote this policy.

South Korea's president held landmark talks with the North's ceremonial head of state and the sister of its leader Kim Jong Un Saturday, even as the USA warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive. He has held the position for two decades.

But Pyongyang's nuclear programme will hang over any attempts to bring the countries closer together. USA officials have grown increasingly dire in their warnings about the North's march toward developing an operational nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental U.S.

"Spectators broke into cheers and applause" when the North and South Korean athletes entered the arena together behind a unification flag, it added. "It is valued in Korea as it is valued everywhere where we struggle to try to address the many complex conflicts that we are facing", he said.

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Yang was on a two-day visit to Washington that began Thursday.

Mr Moon may also, analysts said, demand a chance for families divided by the border to reunite. -China economic relationship after recent tit-for-tat actions raised fears of a trade war erupting between the world's two largest economies.

Later on Saturday, Moon and Kim Yong-nam will attend the first ice hockey match played by teams from both the sides, according to reports.

Nauert said Tillerson and Yang "agreed on the importance of continuing a constructive and productive relationship aimed at cooperation on mutual challenges and addressing our differences forthrightly".

That said, these officials said that if the North Koreans had approached Pence with pleasantries, he would have responded in kind.

"(The visit) shows that North Korea has a strong will to improve inter-Korean relations and that Pyongyang can make unprecedented and bold measures if deemed necessary", the ministry said.

Moon and Pence spoke Saturday while taking in the speedskating competition, but aides did not immediately say whether the invitation came up during the discussion. "He cheered for the U.S.", the official said.


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