Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Abe fails to reach common ground with Moon on North Korea

Abe fails to reach common ground with Moon on North Korea

They capped their final day in South Korea by attending a concert in Seoul with South Korean President Moon Jae-in given by a visiting North Korean art troupe led by the head of the immensely popular Moranbong band, whose young female members are hand-picked by Kim Jong Un.

Kim also delivered her brother's offer for a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Pence did say, however, that Moon shared with him details of his meeting with North Korean leaders, without elaborating.

Any summit between the two still-officially warring Koreas would be a coup for Moon, who has been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

US Vice President Mike Pence, also in South Korea for the Olympics, has said the United States and South Korea were closely aligned in their approach to dealing with North Korea. But Pence's time sidestepping the North Koreans at the Olympics was punctuated by awkward, stoic photos and no-shows.

"Honestly, I didn't know I would come here so suddenly".

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"Kim Jong Un is clearly serious about reviving talks with the South to improve relations", said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a security adviser to Moon.

Tensions in the Korean peninsula have cooled down in recent weeks thanks to the North Korean regime's decision to send its athletes to take part in the Olympic games.

A White House official said that, although Moon did not discuss the invitation with Pence on Saturday, the South Korean president made it very clear that only when North Korea actually starts to take steps to denuclearise would anyone even consider beginning to take the pressure off. Wearing a black coat and with her hair pulled back, she presents a marked contrast to the ceremonial head of North Korea's government - the often expressionless Kim Yong Nam, 90.

After the opening ceremony, the North Korean delegates moved to Seoul and spent the night at the Walkerhill hotel, a riverside facility named after late U.S. Army commander Walton Walker, who's considered a Korean War hero in the South.

Kim Eui-kyeom, South Korean president's spokesman, said at a news conference in Seoul on Saturday that the North Korean delegation delievered the invitation letter at a landmark high-level meeting at the presidential palace in Seoul.

The president responded by saying that the two sides should work on establishing the right conditions to realise the meeting, according to the spokesman.

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The event, cheered by the crowd at the Gangwon Career Education Institute in Sokcho, featured teams from both countries performing for 25 minutes before briefly joining together as one.

Angela Ruggiero, a four-times ice hockey world champion and Olympic gold medallist, told Reuters she would ask others to nominate the team, which included 12 players from North Korea which is still technically at war with the South.

The report also highlighted the joint entry by the two teams of the DPRK and South Korea into the stadium.

South Korea wants a northern neighbor without nukes; North Korea vows to keep its weapons until the United States discards its "hostile" policies against the country.

"What can not be overlooked is that Moon did not directly demand North Korea to abandon its nuclear development".

Pence is playing "right into North Korea's hands by making it look like the U.S. is straying from its ally and actively undermining efforts for inter-Korean relations", said Mintaro Oba, a former diplomat at the State Department specialising in the Koreas, who now works as a speechwriter in Washington.

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