Kim Jong Un asks South Korean president to meet in Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un asks South Korean president to meet in Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un asks South Korean president to meet in Pyongyang

North Korean dignitaries were present, including leader Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong.

US Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Knesset on Monday, giving a strong pro-Israeli speech and promising the controversial relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be completed in less than two years.

North and South Korea teams entered together under the Korean Unification Flag during the Opening Ceremony.

And bring them together this hockey team did. On Saturday, she invited South Korean president Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea, news that made headlines around the world.

Moon responded that he would try to make it happen, the spokesman said.

But Moon has also said that he would be willing to meet Kim only if he received assurances that the North would help resolve the crisis over its nuclear weapons program. Kim Dae-jung went to Pyongyang in 2000 for a summit that earned him the Nobel Peace Prize, although it later emerged his government had paid $500 million for the summit. Moon served as Roh's chief of staff at the time.

But in their meeting Saturday, the South Korean president also asked North Korea to be amenable to talks with the United States, telling Kim Yo Jong that it was "urgent" for Pyongyang and Washington to start resolving their differences. She also delivered a letter inviting Moon to a summit with her brother in Pyongyang, and asked him to play a "leading role" in reuniting the two Koreas after almost seven decades.

Kim Yo Jong was earlier considered part of a high-level North Korean delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, but Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said she was here as a special envoy of the North Korean leader.

The speed of the Olympics-driven rapprochement across the Demilitarized Zone that has divided North and South since the end of the Korean war has been extraordinary. It has dispatched a delegation of almost 500 people - mostly musicians, dancers, and an all-female cheering squad - and has been pushing its participation as a sign of willingness to work with Seoul, through greater exchanges, to ease what has been a year of very high tensions on the peninsula.

Just weeks ago, the region was on the verge of a nuclear war, pitting South Korea and the United States on one side against the North.

The official media of North Korea has praised the importance of the historic trip to the South of a delegation that included the sister of the regime's supreme leader, and says the visit paves the way for peace.

A unified Korean women's ice hockey team, first of its kind in the Olympic history, has won the hearts of millions on Saturday night, despite a 8-0 loss to the Sochi bronze victor Switzerland in their debut at the PyeongChang Olympic Games.

Taekwondo athletes from North and South Korea produced a stunning demonstration in Gangwon as sporting diplomacy took centre stage alongside kicking, screaming and flying planks of wood on Saturday.

With the major advances in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs in recent years, there are "pretty serious issues to be taken care of here". Pyongyang has repeatedly said it needs a deterrent to stop the United States attacking it.

Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington continue to increase as North Korea has steadily been developing its nuclear weapons programme despite several rounds of strict sanctions on oil, textiles, and seafood products from the United Nations and the US.

However, few officials have said this in quite the colorful language that Trump has used.

Hundreds of protestors gathered in Seoul on Sunday to vent their anger at what they called the "Pyongyang Games". "It is hard to imagine making Kim's face into a mask in North Korea, where losing a Kim Il-sung badge was a sin that could land you in a concentration camp", Cha Du Hyeogn, a visiting research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, wrote on his Facebook page.

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