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South Korean leader welcomes North Korean delegation to presidential palace

South Korean leader welcomes North Korean delegation to presidential palace

"By virtue of her family ties, Kim is among the most credible interlocutors that North Korea could have sent", said Christopher Green, a senior adviser on Korean affairs at the International Crisis Group think tank.

"The United States defined our self-defensive nuclear deterrence as a threat to world peace and legalized the modernization of its nuclear arsenals and its preemptive nuclear attack on our republic", the North's statement said in Korean.

North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from USA aggression.

Athletes from South Korea and the DPRK had marched together for the first time at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000.

The Trump administration is cautious of Seoul falling for North Korea's charm offensive during the Winter Olympics, which are taking place amid tension over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Moon's office said he told Abe that the talks between the Koreas would not disrupt worldwide efforts to deal with North Korea's nuclear program. Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test a year ago and said it had developed a missile capable of carrying a warhead to the United States. Jo Yong Sam, department director general of North Korea's foreign ministry, said Thursday the country had never "begged the U.S. for dialogue" and wasn't about to start now.

Kim Yo Jong has been an increasingly prominent figure in North Korea's leadership and is considered one of the few people who has earned Kim Jong Un's absolute trust.

'This is the strongest action yet by North Korea to drive a wedge between the South and the United States, ' said Kim Sung-han, a former South Korean vice foreign minister and now a professor at Korea University in Seoul.

Moon sees the Olympics as an opportunity to restore meaningful communication with North Korea after an extended diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear ambitions.

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Kim Yong Nam on Friday took a picture with Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook before entering the reception room.

Kim Yo Jong earlier on Friday became the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

"(North Korea) will quantitatively and qualitatively strengthen its self-defensive nuclear deterrence in the face of the persistent and vicious nuclear threats and provocations from the USA", the statement said.

The BBC reports that Pence mostly blew off a dinner for VIPs, and noticeably snubbed Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's long serving nominal head of state.

Vice president Mike Pence, second from bottom right, sits between second lady Karen Pence, third from from bottom left, and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.IOC president Thomas Bach, president of South Korea Moon Jae-in and USA vice president Mike Pence attend the opening ceremony.

The DPRK delegation will come to South Korea via a private jet today. The two met face-to-face during the Opening Ceremony.

The sister of the North Korean leader has arrived in South Korea, dressed in a black coat and absorbing a barrage of camera flashes. Later Saturday night, they all joined the chief of the International Olympic Committee to watch the debut of the inter-Korean team in the women's ice hockey tournament.

Looking confident and relaxed, she had a brief meeting at the airport with South Korean officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, before being whisked away in a black limousine and catching the high-speed train to the mountains of Pyeongchang.

"We would like to see you at an early date in Pyongyang", Kim Yo Jong told Moon during the lunch, and also delivered her brother's personal letter that expressed his "desire to improve inter-Korean relations", the Blue House said.


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