Winter Olympics: North Korea invites South president to Pyongyang

Winter Olympics: North Korea invites South president to Pyongyang

The overture was conveyed by Kim's sister, Yo Jong, who is now in the South to attend the Winter Olympics, according to Deutsche Welle.

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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Their guests, who checked in on Wednesday, are North Korean cheerleaders who have come to perform at the winter Games in Pyeongchang, about 80 km (50 miles) from the border, one of the world's most heavily militarised frontiers.

After a chaotic year of nuclear war threats and nuclear and missile tests from the North, it was a striking visual moment.

Even so, there's also cautious optimism, or curiosity at least.

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But according to CNN, Pence and Moon did not discuss the invitation or the summit, with the Vice President instead telling reporters that he "spoke as friends" with the South Korean leader.

South Korean television showed a smiling Moon entering a reception room and shaking hands with the North Koreans, who also included Choe Hwi, chairman of the country's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited the South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang, Seoul said Saturday. Pence and the Kims seemed to go out of their way not to acknowledge each other.

Kim Yo Jong arrived in South Korea on Friday with Kim Yong Nam, the North's nominal head of state, for the opening ceremony in the alpine town of Pyeongchang.

What did seem clear was that, deliberately or not, the North Korean government had managed to edge its way onto center stage during the South's biggest global moment in years.

The opening part of the talks was mostly about the weather: Pyeongchang was colder than Seoul, it was agreed. Leaders of the two countries have only met twice since the Korean War.

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At the luncheon, Moon proposed a toast, calling for peace and "mutual prosperity" for the two Koreas. The pair signed a peace declaration calling to end the armistice with a permanent treaty, but progress stalled and the two sides remain in a stalemate. It turns out that another source of players was just 40 miles or so from Pyeongchang - and across the DMZ in North Korea. "I'm happy I can see that wish come true, even if it's just for a hockey game".

"We had great support from the people in the arena, but were not able to live up to their expectations", said Jung Su Yuon, a North Korean forward. Asian media outlets quickly circulated photos of sprawling messages that Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam left in the Blue House's guest book. Officials didn't reveal what was written in it. "We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games", he said in Japan earlier this week.

The final was 8-0, though it hardly mattered.

Moon did not immediately accept the invitation. Pence appeared to leave the door open for negotiations earlier this week when he said, "I haven't requested any meeting".

Moon provided Pence with a readout of the historic luncheon between the North and South.

Mr Manning told the Global times he thinks the president's remarks were "troubling" and hinted at the risk of United States military intervention is growing. Many in Seoul, however, while interested in the warming high-level contacts, are also tempering expectations for a real breakthrough.

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