Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over an extravagant military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday, grabbing the spotlight on the eve of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea to thumb his nose at Washington while making a point of showing off his new-found restraint toward Seoul.

Mr Moon is eager to use Kim Yo Jong's presence at the games to restore regular communication with North Korea and eventually pull it into nuclear talks.

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.

Although the North's overt diplomatic efforts appear to be warming South Korean officials to the idea of more cooperative talks, Japan and the USA are not ready to accept them at face value.

Athletes from North and South Korea wave Korean unification flag as they arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

North Korea state media on Friday confirmed the sacking of the country's military chief Hwang Pyong So, after Southern reports said he had been fired for corruption. Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks between the two nations for the first time in a decade.

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Both Japan and the USA have encouraged South Korea to keep the pressure on, and Vice President Mike Pence accused the North Korean regime of "using the games for crude propaganda".

After sitting at a table, Kim Yo Jong placed a blue document folder in front of her.

But instead of broadcasting the morning event live, North Korean television aired an edited version later in the day, giving it a somewhat lower profile than expected.

The younger Kim's trip to the South marks the first time that a member of the North's ruling dynasty has visited since the Korean War, which ended in an armistice in 1953.

But Schoff said that by pouring cold water on hopes for better inter-Korean relations, Pence's stance could be viewed as critical of Moon's outreach to North Korea.

That was not the case with Moon - either at the games, when he enthusiastically reached up to shake Kim Yo Jong's hand, or at the lunch the next day. -South Korean war games that North Korea claims are preparation for invasion.

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Kim non ha fatto riferimenti allo sviluppo dei piani nucleari, rivendicando lo status di "potenza militare globale" malgrado le "peggiori sanzioni".

There's worry too that the proposed summit Pyongyang may come with preconditions - a North Korean specialty.

"The Japan-South Korea agreement is one that finally and irreversibly resolves (the issue)".

Hours before Friday's opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, Japan's Abe warned Moon not to fall for North Korea's "smile diplomacy" during the Olympics, according to Moon's office.

They seem to have gone unheeded.

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At the game's end, the crowd cheered for the Korean team, which will play in another preliminary round against Sweden on Monday. North Korea has emerged as the early favourite to grab one of the Winter Olympics' most important medals: the diplomatic gold.

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