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Kim Jong-un invites South Korea's Moon to visit Pyongyang

Kim Jong-un at today's parade and the Hwasong-15 North Korean ski coach says it's 'honour' to compete in Winter Games
Kenny Thornton | 12 February, 2018, 17:15

Kim Yo-jong and the other North Korean officials left for Pyongyang on the private jet of her brother, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a day after they delivered his hopes for a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a lunch at Seoul's presidential palace. Pence was in South Korea for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

Speaking to reporters on his flight home on Saturday, Pence said the United States, South Korea and Japan were in complete agreement on isolating North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

It did not mention Kim Yo Jong, the young but influential sister of the North's leader Kim Jong Un, who is also part of Pyongyang's delegation and has been the focus of widespread attention.

The offer could put Moon in a delicate diplomatic quandary, but he avoided a direct response, said his spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom, and called instead for efforts to "create the right conditions" for a visit.

Athletes from North and South Korea, technically still at war, marched together at the Games opening ceremony.

The event unveiled a new short-range missile, which is based on the Russian Iskander ballistic missile but also shares many features of South Korea's Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile, according to Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South's Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang.

"We're getting along great", the Kim Jong-un lookalike told Reuters.

North Korea's Alpine skiing coach says it's an "honor" to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics, though he doesn't expect much from any of his three athletes.

Mr Moon and Mr Kim's sister will have another opportunity to talk when they attend the final performance of a visiting North Korean orchestra on Sunday evening in Seoul.

During the meeting, Pence warned that the world would see "a charm offensive by North Korea" Friday.

Sung-Yoon Lee, a professor of Korean Studies at Tufts University, said Kim Yo Jong "clearly holds real power". "In the days before the Olympics, all the news was about Kim, not South Korea", she said. "But the Olympic moment that President Moon is trying to generate here is not a time to nurse those grievances", Jannuzi said.

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