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Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for talks in the North

12 February 2018

Shoma Uno performs his short program during the figure skating team event at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday in Gangneung, South Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for a third intra-Korean summit, media reported on Saturday.

All broke out in broad smiles.

Now, she must sit out some players who have been with her on that journey and will select three or four North Koreans in each of the three preliminary round games.

Pence and the North Korean delegation, who both attended the Games opening ceremony, had no contact with each other.

In the "axe murder incident" of 1976, North Korean soldiers attacked a work party trying to chop down a tree inside the Demilitarized Zone, leaving two United States army officers dead.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership traded insults and threats of nuclear war as tensions rose, with Trump repeatedly dismissing the prospect or value of talks with North Korea. "We wanted the North Koreans to see the vice president, Abe and Moon sitting directly in front of them for the opening ceremonies, and it would show that that alliance is strong".

While Pence was non-committal about the possibly of meeting with the North Koreans at the Olympics, the delegation from Pyongyang indicated that it was not willing to hold any talks with the Americans.

Such a summit, if it came about, would mark the first time that leaders of the two Koreas have met since 2007. There was another handshake.

Murray, a 29-year-old Canadian with no background in worldwide diplomacy, must select 23 players from her roster - recently boosted to 35 to include 12 North Koreans - to suit up for the game in sweaters emblazoned with an image of a unified Korean peninsula. The last time that occurred in an Olympic context was at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

The first liberal president in a decade, Moon has repeatedly said since his election in May that he'd be willing to visit Pyongyang and meet with Kim Jong Un if that would help solve the North's headlong pursuit of a nuclear arsenal that can target the USA mainland. On Sunday in Seoul, several hundred protesters accused Moon of being too soft on the North.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate".

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She is now among his closest confidantes, and is the first member of the dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

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.

If "diplomatic dance" were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un's younger sister would be favored to win gold.

At an earlier VIP reception for delegation leaders, Pence arrived late and stayed for just 5 minutes - and did not interact with the delegation from the North.

The vice president tried to highlight the unsafe and repressive nature of the leadership in Pyongyang by visiting a memorial to a South Korean ship that was apparently attacked by North Korea in 2010, although Pyongyang denies this allegation. Speaking to NBC's "Nightly News" on Thursday, the vice president continued to stress that the United States would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland".

"We don't want to speculate right now", she said. The United States fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an "ironclad" agreement to protect its ally.

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"Our delegation's visit to South Korea is only to take part in the Olympics and hail its successful holding".

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for talks in the North