Meeting ends between SKorean leader, N. Koreans

Meeting ends between SKorean leader, N. Koreans

Meeting ends between SKorean leader, N. Koreans

Earlier Friday, a high-level delegation from Pyongyang including Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong and ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam arrived in South Korea.

Ahead of the reception, hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korean media said Pence was expected to be seated opposite Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state, at the 12-seat head table.

Saturday's meeting also involved Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader's only sister, Choe Hwi, the chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son-gwon, the head of the North's state agency in charge of inter-Korean affairs.

Kim Yo Jong, 30, is the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

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The North Korean delegates are set to return home Sunday.

At least 19 intermediate and long-range ballistic missiles were paraded through the streets of Pyongyang, watched by Kim Jong-un.

On the eve of the opening ceremony, the North carried out a large military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People's Army and displaying what appeared to be ICBMs.

Officials of the South Korean presidential palace say Moon told Kim Yo Jong words of appreciation about her attendance at the opening ceremony until late hours despite the cold temperature.

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The North Koreans went through a busy schedule in South Korea as the world watched their every move.

North Korea has made clear that it does not intend to negotiate away its nuclear and missile programs in return for relief from worldwide sanctions. Pence was also at the dinner and reportedly refused to shake the elderly North Korean's hand.

The North has refrained from further provocations since testing an intercontinental ballistic missile in November.

Just before the opening ceremony, Kim Yong Nam attended a dinner for visiting foreign dignitaries hosted by Moon.

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Since then, scenes of reconciliation between the two Koreas were seen under liberal South Korean presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun but they disappeared over the past decade under the subsequent conservative governments of South Korea.

Considering the depth and complexity of the problems that keep the Koreas apart, it's highly unlikely a luncheon would lead to an immediate breakthrough on something like the North's nuclear weapons development.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is attending the opening ceremonies in part to reassure trilateral ties between South Korea, Japan and the US.

The past year has been particularly acrimonious as the North has accelerated its nuclear weapons development and test launches of missiles that are now believed to be able to reach most or all of the United States, South Korea's most important ally.

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The North has sent almost 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games, including officials, athletes, artists and also a 230-member state-trained cheering group after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures for the games.

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