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S Korean PM hosts lunch for North Korean delegation

12 February 2018

It culminated in Kim Yo-jong, sister of Kim Jong-un, conveying a personal invitation from the North Korean leader to President Moon of South Korea to visit Pyongyang.

"I never thought I would visit (the South) so suddenly and believed much would be odd and different but I saw many things that were similar or the same", said Kim Yo Jong in a toast during Sunday's dinner, adding she hoped to meet the "friendly faces" before her later in Pyongyang.

The editorial said that it appears the "unhappy about the detente on Korean peninsula", and it wished to destabilize the improving relations between North and South Korea.

Leaders of North and South Korea have only met on two previous occasions. Later, he skipped a formal dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.

During their summit in South Korea on Friday, Abe told Moon that the military drills between Seoul and Washington should be carried out to change North Korea's behavior, the office said.

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South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon hosted a lunch session for a high-level North Korean delegation at the Walker Hill Hotel here on Sunday.

President Thomas Bach wave as Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong clap.

The IOC and the two Koreas signed a tripartite agreement on January 20 in Lausanne that set out the details of North Korea's Olympic participation, including the number of athletes, the sports they would take part in as well as their joint march.

Yo-jong's visit to the South was the first visit by a member of the ruling Kim family ever since the Korean War ended in 1953.

Her brother's single-minded pursuit of nuclear weapons and gleeful laughter at missile tests have, for many, turned him into a caricature of a maniacal boogeyman.

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Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom cited Moon as replying: "Let's create the environment for that to be able to happen".

"In the midst of all of this, he (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) ran a military parade that highlighted his ballistic missiles", Mattis told reporters on his plane en route to Rome on the first leg of a European tour.

The United States insisted it would continue its policy of exerting global pressure on North Korea in an effort to get it to abandon its nuclear program.

Seoul's unification ministry said the government will work to make the recent improvement in inter-Korean relations lead to dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang.

After all, in 2006, North Korea reportedly sent at least 21 members of its cheering squad to prisons camps after they returned from an global sports event in South Korea and discussed their experience in the neighboring country with their family and friends.

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S Korean PM hosts lunch for North Korean delegation