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'Important occasion': North Korea praises visit to the South during Winter Olympics

Intercontinental ballistic missiles are seen at a grand military parade celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang in this Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang
Kayla Schwartz | 12 February, 2018, 11:14

The supporters cheered from all four sides of the ice rink as the unified Korean women's ice hockey team were hammered 8-0 by a strong Switzerland side.

A spokesperson for President Moon said he hoped the two countries would work towards a summit and called on the U.S. and North Korea to resume dialogue. They were a huge hit. They were whisked back and forth between Seoul and the Olympic towns of Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

They were at speedskating, too.

On Saturday, the presidential office announced that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang at the earliest convenient date. The University of Kentucky cheer squad will represent the United States in Pyeongchang, performing at the closing ceremony and in a competition with other countries.

The most important part of the visit, however, came during one of the quieter moments.

During Pence's visit, Moon assured the vice president he would tell the North Koreans clearly that they would not get economic or diplomatic concessions for just talking, only for taking concrete steps toward denuclearization, the newspaper said.

She was apparently referring to the challenge in coordinating policy toward North Korea after its recent surprise offer of an inter-Korean summit.

Camera flashes; mobs of reporters: Through it all, Kim has maintained a placid smile - and despite Pence's stated intention to reinforce North Korea's isolation during his Olympic visit, the sister of the repressive regime's leader seems to have spent at least as much time with Moon as Pence did. A spokesperson for Moon's office said that pre-conditions needed to be met before the summit takes place. He also called for the need of a quick resumption of dialogue between North Korea and the United States.

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"What can not be overlooked is that Moon did not directly demand North Korea to abandon its nuclear development".

The invitation had sparked concern that Kim had succeeded in driving a wedge between South Korea and the USA, which have differed on the best way to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons.

The South's Unification Ministry said steps to improve ties would be led by the two Koreas, but with the support of the global community.

She's not what we expected: not stiff, but smiling.

The Koreas previously held summits in 2000 and 2007, both hosted in Pyongyang by Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's late father.

Trump has at times questioned the objective of further talks with the North after years of negotiations by previous US administrations failed to halt the North's weapons programmes. Reviving inter-Korean dialogue is critical for the policies of Moon, who insists that Seoul should be in control in global efforts to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue.

Tensions on the Korean border have escalated over the past year as the North pursues its ambition of becoming a fully-fledged nuclear power.

South Korea may also need to persuade traditional allies the United States and Japan, which have raised concerns that the North is attempting to use its outreach as a release valve for global pressure.

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