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North Korean media print pictures of South's Moon

12 February 2018

Pence, meanwhile, had only one event on his schedule on Saturday: he appeared back at Pyeongchang to view the short-track speedskating event, along with second lady Karen Pence and the US delegation.

It was already known that Kim Yo Jong is an adviser to her brother; now many are interpreting her presence here - and the freedom with which she seems to behave - as new signs of the power she holds.

On the flight home from his Asian-Pacific trip flying somewhere over South Korea, Pence told reporters aboard Air Force Two that he appreciated Moon's transparency and perspective on North Korea, but reiterated that the US and South Korea will "continue to stand strong and to work in a coordinated way to bring maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea".

The North's invitation, Manning said, apparently puts Seoul in a hard position, where it needs to prove its efforts will bear fruit.

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Kim's presence at the Olympics has presented people in South Korea and beyond with something new to know about North Korea.

Abe also said, however, that the two leaders had agreed the two countries needed to create a "future-oriented" relationship, which Moon also underscored in opening remarks at their meeting in Pyeongchang, where Abe is to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Moon shared details with Pence of his meeting with North Korean leaders, but did not talk about the invitation to talks in Pyongyang.

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"I was encouraged by the affirmation of our alliance and our common objective, from both [Japanese] Prime Minister Abe and President Moon", Pence said. The North Koreans were in the room at the same time as Pence, an official said.

Moon and the two North Korean delegates cheerfully clapped and waved as the athletes from the two Koreas jointly marched during the ceremony holding a blue-and-white flag symbolizing a unified Korean Peninsula.

Choi Bok-mu, a fitness club manager at the Olympics athletes village in Gangneung, said he had not experienced any problems communicating with North Korean athletes, despite them speaking in a markedly different accent.

The recent detente, anchored by South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympic Games that began on Friday, came despite an acceleration in the North's weapons programs previous year and pressure from Seoul's allies in Washington.

"We hope that President (Moon) could leave a legacy that would last over generations by leading the way in opening a new era of unification", she said, according to Moon's office.

Moon sees the Olympics as an opportunity to restore meaningful communication with North Korea after an extended diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear ambitions.

US Vice President Mike Pence, also in South Korea for the Olympics, has said the United States and South Korea were closely aligned in their approach to dealing with North Korea.

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It features several photos, including one showing Kim Yo Jong smiling and shaking hands with Moon.

Lawmakers from Moon's liberal ruling party have talked about the possibility of South Korea sending a special envoy to Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Un.

The North's delegation to the Games also includes the country's ceremonial head of state as well as hundreds of female cheerleaders.

A senior USA official said Pence and Moon, while watching speed skating together on Saturday night, discussed intensifying sanctions. -South Korean war games that North Korea claims are preparation for invasion.

She verbally conveyed Kim's invitation to Moon "to visit the North at his most convenient time", he added.

A separate one-page cheat sheet provided by Inje Speedium to its staff points out that North Koreans don't use English words like shampoo and conditioner, which are used in the South.

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North Korean media print pictures of South's Moon