Kim Jong Un Invites South Korea's President To North Korea

11 February, 2018, 05:34 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in had a luncheon earlier Saturday with the North Koreans, while Pence declined opportunities for contact with South Korea's neighbor to the north.

The players shook hands with South Korean President Moon but Kim did not offer her hand. "We all join and support you in your message of peace", Bach said.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate".

"Young people in South Korea have no memory of a united peninsula".

The troupe, cheered by dozens of fans as their bus pulled up under tight security before the game, have been dispatched south as part of a North Korean charm offensive after months of fiery rhetoric threatening nuclear war and provocative missile tests.

Even so, there's also cautious optimism, or curiosity at least.

The spokesman said Moon did not immediately agree to a meeting, adding that the two countries should continue to work on creating a political atmosphere that would make such a meeting feasible.

"Why are South Korean players who have worked very hard to reach the Olympics forced to sit and watch as these new faces just walk on?" she said.

S. Korean, DPRK athletes march together at Winter Olympics opening ceremony
The spokesman says Moon also called for a quick resumption of dialogue between the United States and North Korea. She verbally conveyed Kim's invitation to Moon "to visit the North at his most convenient time ", he added .

The lunch Saturday at Seoul's presidential mansion between Moon and Kim Yo Jong was the most significant diplomatic encounter between the rivals in years. The night before, Kim and other North Korean delegates attended the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, watching a "unified" Korean team march under a banner showing an undivided Korean Peninsula.

Moon also told Kim's sister that the North should have a dialogue with the U.S. Pence and the Kims seemed to go out of their way not to acknowledge each other.

ABOARD AIR FORCE TWO Vice President Mike Pence's efforts to keep North Korea from stealing the show at the Winter Olympics proved short-lived, drowned out by images of the two Koreas marching and competing as one.

The opening part of the talks was mostly about the weather: Pyeongchang was colder than Seoul, it was agreed.

"We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games", Pence said.

The North Korean cheerleaders charmed the crowd with nostalgic oldies.

"The policy of the U.S.is the denuclearization of North Korea", the official said of Pence's approach to the Kim regime".

After sitting at a table, Kim Yo Jong placed a blue document folder in front of her. Officials didn't reveal what was written in it.

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What did seem clear was that, deliberately or not, the North Korean government had managed to edge its way onto center stage during the South's biggest global moment in years.

At Saturday's hockey match between Switzerland and the unified Korean team, the North Korean cheerleaders split up into groups and situated themselves in various sections around the ice rink. The Koreans were crushed by Switzerland, 8-0.

Pence's office didn't directly address Kim's invitation to Moon.

It was the USA that appeared to be the one left in the cold, especially after the sister of the North Korean dictator extended an invitation from her brother for Moon to visit the North.

"We have to be unified (with North Korea)".

There's worry, too, that the proposed summit in Pyongyang may come with preconditions - a North Korean specialty. -South Korean war games that North Korea claims are preparation for invasion.

But Moon, a liberal who has always wanted to engage the North, will also have to convince a good portion of his own people who are deeply wary about North Korean intentions. But North Korea's record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to meet with him in the North for a summit, Moon's spokesman said Saturday morning.

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