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Olympics: South Korea's leader invited to North

Olympics: South Korea's leader invited to North

'Unlike the United States, we do not engage in dirty and messy acts to abuse sports events like the Olympics for political purposes, ' the newspaper said in an article attributed to an unnamed writer.

Moon did not immediately accept the invitation.

The taekwondo demonstration teams, from the South Korea-based World Taekwondo (WT) and the North Korea-led International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), held a joint performance at the Olympic Stadium here as a part of the pre-opening ceremony events for the 23rd Winter Games, reports Yonhap news agency.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of the ruling Kim dynasty to visit the South since the end of the Korean war. She is one of the reclusive leader's closest advisers and met with Moon at the presidential Blue House in the capital, Seoul, on Saturday in the highest-level contact between the two Koreas in years. "But we'll see what happens". KCNA/via REUTERSMembers of the North Korean delegation arrive at the South's CIQ (Customs, Immigration and Quarantine), just south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, January 25, 2018.

Even so, Mr Moon sought to allay the "baseless" concerns by emphasising that his "dialogue" strategy and "pressure" strategy are not mutually exclusive.

So even though the United States may have literally kept its back turned on one of North Korea's most powerful people, it's good that leaders from the U.S. and North Korea can at least sit cordially alongside one another.

But he rejected any suggestion Sunday that even a temporary warming of relations between the North and South could drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.

Pence wrapping up Olympic visit to South Korea
The message was delivered by Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, during a meeting with Moon at Cheong Wa Dae. Pence was quoted as describing the approach as " maximum pressure and engagement at the same time".

They expressed scepticism on the prospects for a summit, with professor Koh Yu-hwan of Dongguk University not expecting one "in the foreseeable future". "The North is not interested in talks on denuclearisation".

Pence and the North Korean delegation sat near each other at the ceremony but did not acknowledge or speak to each other.

"Although it's my first time here, it doesn't feel odd".

Following the talks, South Korean officials said Kim Yo-jong had invited Mr Moon to visit Pyongyang. "At this time we can not confirm (a cyberattack)", he added.

This item corrects that Kim Yo Jong is the leader's sister.

An editorial in the Yomiuri Newspaper read: "What can not be overlooked is that Moon did not directly demand North Korea to abandon its nuclear development". "The world cannot turn a blind eye to the oppression & threats of the Kim regime".

Pence has meant to use his trip to the Olympics to caution the South against "falling for" the North's overtures, which in the past have been used as stall tactics to allow for continued development of its nuclear program.


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