S. Korean president hosts lunch for Kim Jong Un's sister

11 February, 2018, 05:25 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • The Olympic flag surrounded by flags from various countries that are competing in the Winter Olympics wave in the wind in front of the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang South Korea Feb. 7 2018

The ceremony was also attended by North Korean ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, as well as US Vice President Mike Pence.

Saturday's meeting, the most significant diplomatic encounter between the two sides in more than a generation, could now be surpassed should Moon accept Kim's invitation to visit Pyongyang later this year, CNN reported.

The Korea team, which featured three DPRK players (Kim Un Hyang, Jong Su Hyon and Hwang Chung Gum), nearly took an early lead when forward Han Soo-jin flicked a shot against the crossbar at the end of a breakaway move.

After the threats, missile launches and general nastiness from the North over the a year ago, there is still a lot of anger, fear and scepticism in the South.

Their family is among American tourists arriving in Pyeongchang, South Korea, calm and excited for the games, but with stories of family and friends so frightened by the ratcheting tension between the United States and North Korea they had warned them to stay at home. 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.

"My plan now is to enjoy the games, and I am thinking I will turn up for women's ice hockey, the one that has South and North Koreans together", Howard said.

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Kim Yo Jong, 28, is the first member of the ruling Kim family bearing the bloodline of the sacred Mount Paektu, a centerpiece of the North's idolization and propaganda campaign, to cross the border into the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.

He said war had forged "the core of the bond" between the USA and South Korea and that helps explains "why there is no daylight and there will be no daylight" between the two.

Correspondents say the invitation puts Mr Moon in a hard position as he campaigned on a promise to engage with the North, but his moves in that direction go contrary to the wishes of his ally the US. "I don't feel like supporting those North Korea players, so I'll cheer for the other team now".

Perhaps the most alarming exchange came in August when Trump said North Korea "will be met with fire, fury, and, frankly, power, the likes of which the world has never seen".

"We have to be unified (with North Korea)".

It wasn't until this week that the world learned Kim Yo Jong would join her nation's Olympic delegation. The Koreans were crushed by Switzerland, 8-0.

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A separate one-page cheat sheet provided by Inje Speedium to its staff points out that North Koreans don't use English words like shampoo and conditioner, which are used in the South.

Some of the expansion, however, was just so NBC could show more USA athletes. Could they meet? That and other theories have engulfed South Korean media.

According to a Japanese official accompanying Abe on his trip to South Korea, the prime minister demanded in the talks with Kim Yong Nam that North Korea resolve the abduction issue and return all abduction victims to Japan.

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have risen sharply over the previous year, as Kim Jong Un has made rapid progress in his nuclear weapons program and has made clear the program is being developed with the American threat in mind.

"I leave here very confident that we are going to continue to do the things we've known have to be done to continue to pressure North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions", Pence said. This was not supposed to be, as some in Seoul grumble, the "Pyongyang Games", a play on the North Korean capital's phonetic similarity to Pyeongchang.

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