North Korea's Summit Offer Could Test US-South Korea's United Nuclear Front

Delegations from North Korea and South Korea march under the Korean unification flag during the Parade of Nations at the opening ceremony of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Delegations from North Korea and South Korea march under the Korean unification flag during the Parade of Nations at the opening ceremony of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

The spectacle was greeted with apparent joy by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his guest, Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korean officials have invited their South Korean counterparts to the two nations' first official talks in more than a decade, according to news reports.

In stark contrast, two kinds of kimchi - the fermented cabbage that features in every Korean meal - were on the menu for the delegation's lunch with Moon at the Blue House on Saturday, one mild Northern style version and a spicier Southern recipe, along with soju, the traditional Korean rice liquor.

Moon did not immediately accept the invitation.

Tensions between the two soared previous year as Pyongyang launched intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland and carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date. "I take great pride in seeing the extraordinary prosperity of freedom in South Korea and to know that the people of South Korea know that the American soldier won that for them - that's why there is no daylight and there will be no daylight - because the core of the bond between South Korea and the USA was forged in war".

After months of silence on whether it would even take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, the Games have driven a rapprochement on the peninsula, while the North's athletes, performers and delegates have dominated the headlines.

The North Korean delegation arrived in the South on Kim's private plane on Friday via Incheon worldwide airport to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyongchang Winter Olympics where Seoul and Pyongyang are represented by joint teams.

Kim Yo Jong said she hopes to see Moon in Pyongyang soon so that he and her brother could "exchange views over many issues", which she said would make "North-South relations develop like yesterday was a long time ago".

The unified hockey team representing North Korea and South Korea didn't fare so well in their first outing, losing 8-0 to Switzerland.

After arriving in Seoul, the North Koreans attended a frosty opening ceremony at Pyeongchang's Olympic Stadium, taking their place among some of the world's top officials, including US Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who seemed to go out of their way to not acknowledge the North Koreans, despite sitting just a few meters away.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of the ruling Kim family bearing the bloodline of the sacred Mount Paektu, a centrepiece of the North's idolisation and propaganda campaign, to cross the border into the South since the 1950-53 Korean War. Moon asked the delegation, before reporters were ushered from the room.

But it could threaten to sow division between Moon, who has long argued for engagement with the nuclear-armed North to bring it to the negotiating table, and US President Donald Trump, who past year traded personal insults and threats of war with Kim.

Pence has repeatedly said he would deliver a tough message to the North in any meeting.

That is the assessment of a former South Korean government minister and political experts who say the North has used the Games to drive a wedge between South Korea and its U.S. ally and to potentially ease pressure on its sanctions-crippled state.

The young North Korean leader and his sister were favourites of their father, who ruled North Korea from 1994-2011.

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