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

12 February 2018, 08:36 | Joan Schultz

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Suk, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, watch North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra's performance in Seoul, South Korea, February 11, 2018. The North also previous year conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.

Washington and Seoul have agreed to suspend their joint military drills until the end of South Korea's Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on March 18, to which North Korea has pledged to send its athletes.

They shared the VIP box with world leaders at the opening ceremony and joined Moon in cheering for the first-ever inter-Korean Olympic team as it debuted in the women's ice hockey tournament.

Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong, who is visiting South Korea to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, delivered her brother's personal invitation during a meeting with Moon at the Blue House, a presidential spokesman said.

"Under a strong position for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, Korea will faithfully implement the global sanctions on North Korea, while also adhering to the principle of resolution through peaceful means", the statement said.

"The North Koreans should understand that for a summit or any kind of serious talks to occur, Moon needs to be able to take something to Washington - something that addresses denuclearization", he said before the North's invitation to Moon was announced. The Post reported that Pence and Moon hammered out the new strategy during conversations at the presidential Blue House and during a speed-skating event.

In a meeting hours before Friday's opening ceremony, Abe warned Moon not to fall for North Korea's "smile diplomacy" during the Olympics, according to Moon's office. The North Korean delegation also included the country's 90-year-old head of state, Kim Yong Nam.

The two Koreas remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.

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He pointed out that the United States should be more open and active in having contact with the DPRK, especially when Pyongyang had shown willingness to improve the situation.

North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from USA aggression.

Tensions between the two soared previous year as Pyongyang launched intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland and carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date.

President Donald Trump's administration has taken a hard line on North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programme, saying there is no room for negotiations unless Pyongyang abandons it.

He also called for the need of a quick resumption of dialogue between North Korea and the United States.

"It is very important for South Korea to coordinate with the United States to have dialogue with the DPRK", he added.

North Korean officials refused to meet with any USA representatives after months of tensions between the two countries over the North's nuclear weapons program.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of her family to set foot in this country since the north and south were divided and her grandfather, Kim Il Sung, founded North Korea.



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