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Kenny Thornton | 11 February, 2018, 23:24

North Korea has invited South Korean leader President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang.

North Korean cheerleaders let rip in support for Choe Un Song but he was eliminated in the heats for the 1,500m short-track speed skating, failing to reach the semi-finals.

Still, it wouldn't be South Korea if people weren't asking the perennial question when it comes to North Korea changing gears and showering its rival with apparent affection: What's in it for Pyongyang?

Even so, there's also cautious optimism, or curiosity at least. If peace isn't imminent, a summit in Pyongyang between Moon and Kim Jong Un seems better to most than the threats of recent months.

Pence spoke after paying tribute at a memorial for 46 South Korean sailors killed in the sinking of a warship in 2010 that Seoul blamed on a North Korean torpedo attack.

Moon and Kim Yo Jong broke out broad smiles as they shook hands ahead before the start of the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang's Olympic Stadium.

The members were smiling brightly in general but showed regret for parting from South Koreans, waving to the audience several times as they left the stage.

The public part of the talks was mostly about the weather: PyeongChang was colder than Seoul, it was agreed.

Pence did not interact with the North Koreans even though he was seated in the same box as them at Friday's opening ceremony.

At the luncheon, Moon proposed a toast, calling for peace and "mutual prosperity" for the two Koreas.

The North also a year ago conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.

Venus Williams, Coco Vandeweghe give U.S. 2-0 lead in Fed Cup
We will see how it goes this weekend. "We thought, what a beginning, it's not ideal to go out there and play tennis right now". Team Captains are Kathy Rinaldi for the U.S. , while the Dutch team is led by Paul Haarhuis. "I definitely have.

"But I haven't been to Pyongyang", Moon said, according to comments provided by his office.

"Moon should realize that offering economic benefits for symbolic North Korean gestures is not only ineffectual but would themselves risk being violations of United Nations resolutions", Klingner said.

"Right now, we're looking at any possibility", she said. Officials didn't reveal what was written in it.

Kim Yo Jong and her delegation were greeted by government officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon, before boarding a bullet train to Pyeongchang. They then posed for a team photo with the players sitting or kneeling on the ice and the dignitaries behind them on the bench. The Koreans were crushed by Switzerland, 8-0.

The South Korean president also stressed the need for the communist North to resume its dialogue with the United States.

"I am very confident, as President Trump is, that President Moon will continue to stand strongly with us in our extreme-pressure campaign", Pence told NBC in an interview, maintaining all options were open to deal with the crisis. The North Koreans were in the room at the same time as Pence, an official said. Many in Seoul, however, while interested in the warming high-level contacts, are also tempering expectations for a real breakthrough.

Reviving inter-Korean talks is key to the polices of Moon, who says South Korea should be in the driver's seat in worldwide efforts to deal with the North's nuclear threat. It was built in the 1960s as a luxury facility for USA troops stationed in the South.

There, behind lines of barbed wire and military watch towers erected to defend the coast from nearby North Korea, visitors can tour a North Korean submarine.

It said the two sides held "a comprehensive discussion ... on the inter-Korean relations and various issues on the Korean peninsula in an amicable atmosphere", but did not say whether the North's weapons program was mentioned.

In the longer term, Kim appears to hope that he can convince the global community that it can co-exist with a nuclear North Korea.

South Korea treated the ferry as an exception to maritime sanctions it imposed on the North so it could transport the artists to the South.

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