Kim Jong Un invites South's Moon to Pyongyang: Seoul

Kim Jong Un invites South's Moon to Pyongyang: Seoul

Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in South Korea, looking to push the US ally to adopt a more hawkish stance toward North Korea ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Moon responded to the invitation by suggesting the two countries "should accomplish this by creating the right conditions", adding that talks between North Korea and the United States were also needed, and requested that North Korea be more active in talking with the U.S., according to Kim Eui-kyeom.

Then, the vice president's tour around the Cheonan Memorial with Warmbier and North Korean defectors provided a sobering pregame to the Olympic opening ceremony's technicolored presentation of peace and cooperation.

Pence is leading the USA delegation to the Pyeongchang Games' opening ceremonies and will also participate in symbolic events meant to shine a spotlight on North Korea's nuclear program and human rights abuses. The nuclear-armed North is on an Olympics-linked charm offensive, sending athletes, a troupe of performers, hundreds of female cheerleaders, the ceremonial head of state and even Kim's sister to South Korea.

Some North Korean experts believe tough United Nations sanctions that are cutting off most of the isolated North's sources of revenue have added pressure on Pyongyang to engage further with Seoul. As the head of North Korea's parliament, he became the most powerful North Korean to visit their southern neighbors in 65 years, per Telegraph.

Park Jong-ah of the Korean unified women's ice hockey team celebrates after scoring a goal during a friendly match against Sweden Feb. 4 in Incheon, South Korea.

Just before the opening ceremony, Kim Yong Nam attended a dinner for visiting foreign dignitaries hosted by Moon.

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The invitation was delivered in a meeting between Moon and the North Korean leader's sister, Yo-jong.

North Korea showcased new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) it tested a year ago and a new type of short range missile during Thursday's large military parade, analysts said on Friday.

Past "charm offensives" have been interpreted as North Korea trying to recoup from crippling sanctions on their nuclear programme, or trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its United States ally.

The first liberal president in a decade, Moon during his inauguration speech previous year that he would be willing to visit Pyongyang and meet with Kim Jong Un if that helps solve the nuclear problem.

South Korean television showed a smiling Moon entering a reception room and shaking hands with the North Koreans, who also included Choe Hwi, chairman of the country's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

Analysts say the North's decision to send her to the Olympics shows eagerness to break out from diplomatic isolation by improving relations with the South, which it could use as a bridge for approaching the United States. "That's the team he's going to be cheering for all Olympics".

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