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Then the air was filled with a well-known ballad of sorrow and separation.

The ongoing Winter Olympics has succeeded in breaking the political ice in the Korean peninsula.

The North Korean delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics has visited the South Korean Presidential Office, delivering an invitation for an inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang.

Yet obstacles were evident even amid the outreach.

"It was okay because you, Mr. President, were kind enough to care", Kim Yo-jong replied, according to the pool reports.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) briefed Seoul's government earlier this week about the shake-up in the North Korean administration, reporting that Hwang Pyong-so, head of the Korean People's Army politburo, has not been seen in public since attending an event marking the North's sixth nuclear test in September.

President Trump has traded insults with North Korea's leader and has led efforts to slap sanctions on the country for its refusal to yield to worldwide pressure to halt its nuclear weapons program. North Korean state media broadcast the parade, showing what appeared to be the Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 - the ICBMs test-launched previous year for the first time.

It was not immediately reported whether the North Korean leader's sister would attend the evening match against Switzerland.

The North Koreans also said they were unlikely to have substantive discussions with Pence.

It is extremely rare for a Japanese prime minister to communicate with a high-ranking official from North Korea's ruling party.

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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.

While the opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics brought celebration on Friday, the event brought a range of emotions for a Korean War survivor in the metro. All beamed. As they shook hands, the North and South Koreans spoke briefly.

The invitation was relayed by Kim Yo Jung, the North Korean dictator's younger sister, who sat down for lunch with South Korea's Moon Jae-in at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

Also in the North's delegation is Choe Hwi, a senior official blacklisted by the United Nations.

She smiled and shared a warm greeting with Moon Jae In, South Korea's leader, as the divided countries marched under a single flag in the contest's opening ceremony.

South Korean media portrayed Pence as the spoilsport at the Olympics.

Pence has been waging a campaign to stop the North from "hijacking" the Olympics with its charm offensive.

"We ... have become capable of showcasing our stature as a world-class military power to the world", said Kim, who took his place on a rostrum to watch the parade.

Pence, who is leading the USA delegation to the Olympics, briefly encountered Kim Yong-nam at the Games but the two tried to avoid directly facing each other. President Moon, a leftist who has encouraged greater diplomacy with the brutal Kim regime, is expected to pursue further talks with Kim and her delegation before they leave. "We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games", he said in Japan earlier this week.

"The fact that we are here together will mark the precious start of our first step toward global peace", Moon said.

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