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Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang”

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un chose the icy setting of the Winter Olympics yesterday to launch a charm offensive aimed at thawing relations with South Korea.

But previous meetings between the divided Korea's leaders failed to shut down the North's weapons programs. In January, South Korea's decision to allow the North's teams to compete in this year's Olympic games in Pyeongchang was a historic step toward diplomacy.

On his flight to Alaska on Saturday, the vice president said he left Asia "encouraged that we will continue to work very closely to continue and intensify the maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea.

On the eve of the opening ceremony, the North carried out a massive military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army and demonstrated what appeared to be ICBMs.

Such a high-level meeting would have been unthinkable even a few months ago, but 2018 has seen an accelerated rapprochement between the two adversaries in the run up to the PyeongChang Games, the CNN report said.

North Korea on Saturday proposed an inter-Korean summit to be held in Pyongyang and invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for the same.

The South Korean President and Yo-jong will jointly attend the North Korean art troupe's concert at the National Theater of Korea in central Seoul on Sunday, according to officials.

Pence said Friday the USA would oppose talks between the two Koreas until the North agreed to open negotiations on ending its nuclear program.

The invitation was extended by Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong during a lunch meeting with Moon at Blue House, the presidential palace in Seoul.

The visual was important, a United States official said.

Towards the end of the ceremony, President Moon Jae-in declared the Pyeongchang Games open, kicking off just over two weeks of winter sporting action.

North Korea's delegation to the games will conclude its visit later on Sunday, having appeared to thaw the rift with the South, but there is scepticism about how honest Pyongyang is about improving relations.

North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong-nam also attended the luncheon with Mr. Moon.

US officials have not ruled out the possibility that the vice president might meet a North Korean official at the Olympics.



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