Moon rejects Abe's request to resume US.-South Korea military drills

US VP Pence skips Olympic dinner Seoul

US VP Pence skips Olympic dinner Seoul

Pence told reporters that the two leaders "spoke as friends" during his visit to South Korea, and their discussions including the meeting between Moon and the North Korean delegation, led by Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong.

From the seats, emotion-filled cries of "we are one!" and "unify the fatherland" filled the air as the North Korean cheering team chanted, waving the white-and-blue flags symbolizing Korean unification.

Kim Yong-nam is the highest-ranking North Korean official to ever visit the South, while Kim Yo-jong is the first member of the ruling family to do so.

And while the unified Korean Olympic team received a standing ovation as they marched into the stadium Friday night, Pence remained seated, which critics said was disrespectful of the athletes and his host, Moon.

South Korean player Ko Hyein said: "We had a tight game at first in the first period, but our mental toughness wasn't really good so we lost our posture after suffering the first goal". By sending her, Kim is assured of making a big splash with both South Korea's still relatively new administration and with the South Korean public in general. She is on a United States sanctions list over alleged links to human rights abuses in North Korea.

However, South Korea's main opposition party warned any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear programme was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy".

At the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the theme of which is "peace in motion", North and South Korea have been celebrating unity, despite the fact that each country has traditionally interpreted that concept very differently. Korean athletes marched with a flag showing the whole peninsula at nine global events, including the Olympics and Asian Games.

North Korea had frank, candid talks with South's president: KCNA
Kim Jong-nam, the leader's half brother, was killed in Malaysia a year ago , apparently on the orders of the Pyongyang regime. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation to Mr Moon for a summit in Pyongyang has also left Tokyo anxious .

After decades of bloodshed and strife, including a runup to the Olympic Games that saw the rival Koreas lurching toward war amid a near-constant barrage of North Korean missile and nuke tests, it's such a ludicrous concept at first glance that many refuse to even consider it. A swath of North Korea cheerleaders, a group of 230 women sent from North Korea dubbed its "army of beauties," was sitting in the stands and garnering a lot of attention. The official added that Pence does not believe that the invitation dilutes the toughness of the United States pressure campaign on North Korea. South Korea time, or at 2 p.m., a Seoul government source told Yonhap.

Other members of the North Korean delegation present at Saturday's meeting included Ri Son Gwon - who led the first sit-down talks at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) earlier this year, and Choe Hwi.

"Obviously this game had more meaning than just a game", said Danelle Im, a Canadian who plays for the Korean team, "so it was great to be a part of it".

That may turn out to be errant speculation, but the USA doesn't appear to share global relief that there's a glimmer of hope for diplomacy after a year of escalating tensions and fears of nuclear war, fueled by insults slung between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. North Korea is likely advancing its own strategic interests by playing into Moon's vision of a peaceful Korean Peninsula. It was not immediately known what they said, but all of them were smiling.

Possible concessions would include a USA agreement to further delay military drills, and for North Korea to hold off further weapons tests and agree to pursue denuclearization talks. He also urged North Korea to engage in talks with the United States.

At the memorial, Mr. Pence also met with four North Korean defectors, along with Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto F. Warmbier, the college student from Cincinnati who fell into an irreversible coma after being detained in Pyongyang, and died soon after being returned to his parents.

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