North Korea's Kim invites S Korean leader to Pyongyang

North Korea's Kim invites S Korean leader to Pyongyang

On the same day, Moon and the North's delegation also jointly attended the opening match of the unified women's ice hockey team, which is comprised of athletes from the two Koreas.

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?

US Vice President Mike Pence, who was seated in the same box, did not interact with the North Koreans at any point, US officials said. Wearing a black coat and with her hair pulled back, she presents a marked contrast to the ceremonial head of North Korea's government - the often expressionless Kim Yong Nam, 90.

Pence is playing "right into North Korea's hands by making it look like the U.S. is straying from its ally and actively undermining efforts for inter-Korean relations", said Mintaro Oba, a former diplomat at the State Department specialising in the Koreas, who now works as a speechwriter in Washington.

Analysts of Korean affairs said that Pence had missed an opportunity.

"And it wouldn't have lessened the American position".

In a pool report filed from Pence's flight to Alaska from PyeongChang on Saturday night, a senior administration official said that the Vice-President had not been trying to avoid the North Koreans so much as he was trying to ignore them.

"We should firmly keep in mind any talks where denuclearisation is not a precondition only buy North Korea more time to complete its nuclear capabilities while they fool us with their peace offensive façade", said Chang Je-won, spokesman for the Liberty Korea Party.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister comes home Sunday night after an eventful three days in South Korea, where she sat among some of the world's top-officials at the Olympics and made a diplomatic offer to the South meant to end seven decades of hostility. "I take great pride in seeing the extraordinary prosperity of freedom in South Korea and to know that the people of South Korea know that the American soldier won that for them - that's why there is no daylight and there will be no daylight - because the core of the bond between South Korea and the USA was forged in war".

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In South Korea and beyond, commentators are taken with Kim's surprisingly stylish and relaxed demeanor. Her clout, because of her shared bloodline, is unmistakable.

South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon also received the North Koreans for lunch Sunday, before Moon's chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, hosted them for dinner ahead of the concert. Even before she touched down in her brother's private jet at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, the approach of the plane drew news exhaustive coverage.

In stark contrast, two kinds of kimchi - the fermented cabbage that features in every Korean meal - were on the menu for the delegation's lunch with Moon at the Blue House on Saturday, one mild Northern style version and a spicier Southern recipe, along with soju, the traditional Korean rice liquor. Social media promptly lit up with analysis of her peculiar handwriting.

"If there is a message to be conveyed to South Korea or the USA, she is amply well positioned to convey it", he said.

Kim Yo Jong was the flawless choice to lead the North's delegation. "The vice president is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions", Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said when asked about the developments.

It was that position which led the U.S. Treasury Department to blacklist her previous year for censorship and "severe human rights abuses".

"That's the face of the Kim family, which wouldn't even flinch when tens of thousands of people died for it", one Twitter user wrote.

"I didn't see it there".

On Friday, Yo-jong and the delegation arrived in South Korea, marking the first time that a member of the North's ruling family visited the South following the 1950-53 Korean War.

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