Kim Jong-un asks South Korean chief to Pyongyang summit

Kim Jong-un asks South Korean chief to Pyongyang summit

Kim Jong-un asks South Korean chief to Pyongyang summit

"We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games", he said in Japan earlier this week.

Pence was in South Korea for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

Moon's visit is highly possible, if South Korea and the United States downscale their military exercises, while DPRK agrees to freeze its nuclear program and stop testing missiles, he added.

The United States may be looking more favourably at diplomatic engagement with North Korea, possibly holding dialogue, as South Korea pushes forward with plans to establish grounds for a rare summit between the two Koreas. Pence, who led the U.S. delegation to the Olympics, has accused Pyongyang of using the event for its own ends.

While the athletes in North and South Korea seem to be putting their differences aside to come together for the Winter Games, Pence is holding his ground.

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The invite was presented verbally to President Moon Jae-in by Kim's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, during a historic meeting between North and South Korean officials at Seoul's presidential Blue House.

Kim Yo-jong and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam were sitting beside International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach here, as a unified Korea team played in the Games for the first time.

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"We hope to see you in Pyongyang at an early date", Kim Yo Jong told Moon after delivering a personal letter from her brother, according to officials.

North Korea announced last month that it would hold a big event to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military.

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The North Korean invitation puts Moon in a hard position as he seeks a rapprochement with the north on the one hand and a desire not to upset the US on the other.

Even a small gesture of respect, the source said, could have led to a diplomatic opening between North Korea and the USA that would have helped to increase trust between the two countries. Moon shared details with Pence of his meeting with North Korean leaders, but did not talk about the invitation to talks in Pyongyang.

The senior United States official said Pence was not trying to avoid the North Korean officials but rather ignore them.

Her presence in the Olympics Stadium in Pyeongchang is the first time that a member of her family have visited South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War.

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