Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Kim Yo-jong meets South Korean president in Seoul as thaw continues

Kim Yo-jong meets South Korean president in Seoul as thaw continues

The North Koreans have invited Moon to visit Pyongyang in what would be the third inter-Korean summit talks since their 1945 division.

Kim Yo Jong arrived in South Korea on Friday with Kim Yong Nam, the North's nominal head of state, for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in the alpine resort town of Pyeongchang.

The skepticism was highlighted when U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Friday urged Pyongyang to "permanently" abandon its nuclear aspirations, saying, "We don't want to repeat the mistakes of the past".

Leader of the delegation Kim Yong Nam have had a time to meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics.

Pence reportedly didn't have to sit in the box with the North Koreans - but he wanted to make a political point.

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Rapprochement culminated when the whole world watched South and North Korean athletes jointly marching at the opening ceremony of the Games on Friday.

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The countries are still technically at war since a 1953 armistice, though they have resumed talks after a year-long standoff between North Korea and the United States in which an exchange of threats between the heads of state elevated tensions and prompted the North's continued missile and nuclear tests.

The North Koreans, dressed in identical garb, cheered in careful coordination.

The two North Koreans are on a landmark visit to the South amid a flurry of abrupt reconciliation steps, and both attended the opening ceremony before having a luncheon with Moon at Moon's presidential palace earlier Saturday.

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Moon, in a statement, said athletes from North and South will "work together for victory". Washington, which has struck a hard line against the North's nuclear weapon program, had no immediate reaction to the overture. He also stressed the need for the communist state to more actively try to engage with the United States.

The Abe administration is in favor of maintaining the diplomatic and economic pressure campaign regardless of the thaw between the two Koreas over the Olympics, arguing that yielding to dialogue on North Korea's terms would mean effectively accepting it as a nuclear power.

The vice president was asked about the possibility of U.S.

Some 100 North Korean cheerleaders were on hand, decked in red track suits, leading chants for the spectators and singing North Korean pop songs.

North Korea has a track record of dangling peace to wrangle concessions and aid from the West only to renege on its promises.

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