Kim Jong Un invites SKorea pres for talks

Kim Jong Un invites SKorea pres for talks

Kim Jong Un invites SKorea pres for talks

The meeting came a day after the delegation met South Korean President Moon Jae-in and delivered the North Korean leader's invitation for Moon to visit Pyongyang, the Yonhap news agency reported.

He supported Pence's moves to meet with North Korean defectors, paying respects at a memorial to the 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack blamed on the North. Pence also invited as his Olympics guest the father of US college student Otto Warmbier, who died after he was imprisoned by North Korea for stealing a propaganda poster.

An endless range of pundits - from slurring men in pubs in Seoul to be-spectacled wonks in Washington - has warned, pre-Games, that the North Koreans would attempt to charm the South Koreans and drive the much feared "wedge" between the allies.

Kim Yo Jong earlier on Friday became the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. "Putting in real effort is our people's wish". "Eat your heart out, Pence", Kenworthy wrote. "And I wish for a future of unification and prosperity".

The 28-year-old is a crucial part of the North's Games delegation led by Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state.

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They shared the VIP box with world leaders at the opening ceremony and joined Moon in cheering for the first-ever inter-Korean Olympic team as it debuted in the women's ice hockey tournament.

Providing fuel to the ferry would have been a hard decision for Seoul because of concerns that North Korea is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in global sanctions against the country over its nuclear and missile programs.

Shortly after North Korea invited the South Korean leader, Pence's office issued a statement. Pence did not attend the hockey game. But Pence's time sidestepping the North Koreans at the Olympics was punctuated by awkward, stoic photos and no-shows.

Some South Korean media had criticized Pence's decision to attend the opening reception for only five minutes, instead of sitting at the same table as the North Koreans, and not to stand when the joint Korean team entered the stadium on opening night.

"Moon should realize that offering economic benefits for symbolic North Korean gestures is not only ineffectual but would themselves risk being violations of United Nations resolutions", Klingner said.

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"I never thought I would visit (the South) so suddenly and believed much would be odd and different but I saw many things that were similar or the same", said Kim Yo Jong in a toast during Sunday's dinner, adding she hoped to meet the "friendly faces" before her later in Pyongyang. They did not find out that the North Koreans were joining them until mid-January, when the rest of the world also heard the news.

Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong delivered the verbal invitation on Friday after arriving in Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

"If the North was genuinely interested in improving relations with the South, it would.(have) refrained from conducting a military parade on the eve of the Olympics which is contrary to the Olympic spirit", Stangarone added. "The world cannot turn a blind eye to the oppression & threats of the Kim regime".

"It's the first time Mike Pence has been accused of being a snob", a White House official said in response. Pence said that spotted signs throughout Seoul and PyeongChang that said, "thank you for your father's services for our country" that made him "a little emotional".

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