Kim Jong Un's sister met with South Korea's president

Winter Olympics 2018 IOC discussing measures to contain norovirus outbreak

Winter Olympics 2018 IOC discussing measures to contain norovirus outbreak

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Sunday that South and North Korea should work actively together to create the right conditions for a meeting between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, personally delivered the message as she was in Seoul for the Winter Olympics.

Moon met Kim Yo Jong and the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam for talks and lunch at the Blue House today.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in hosted talks with the delegation on Saturday in the hope that improving relations between the two countries could help resolve differences over the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (R) shakes hands with Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, during a lunch meeting in Seoul on February 11, 2018.

"The proposal, as well as North Korea's presence at the Games, sends a signal that the North Koreans are ready to talk", Lankov said.

Moon is desperate to use the games as an opportunity to restore regular communication with North Korea and eventually pull it into talks over resolving the global standoff over its nuclear program.

The formal meeting between Moon and the delegation was held the day after the two nations' athletes marched under a unified flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday.

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On Saturday Kim Yo Jong "courteously" handed over a personal letter from the North Korean leader to Moon and told him of her brother's "intention", North Korea's state news agency KCNA said, without elaborating what that was.

The gesture sought to further exploit divisions between the US and South Korea, which differ on the best way to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons.

The North's invitation, Manning said, apparently puts Seoul in a hard position, where it needs to prove its efforts will bear fruit.

"My own view is that President Moon should only go if there is a strong signal from the North of willingness to engage seriously with the Trump administration", Wilder said. The VP was a non-entity, reportedly showing up late, shaking Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hand, and leaving shortly thereafter.

"Having these red communists in the heart of Seoul is an utter humilation!" one shouted near the venue as dozens of others waved banners condemning both Moon and Kim Jong Un.

Critics say it's unclear whether revived dialogue between the Koreas could lead to immediate breakthrough on the nuclear stalemate when it seems unlikely that the North would be willing to give up its nukes under any deal. The North also previous year conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date. Moon has long argued for engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table over its nuclear ambitions, but did not immediately accept the offer. Not knowing how to backtrack from the confrontationist position built up by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence made a brief appearance at the reception but avoided the North Korean delegation and left early. It was built in the 1960s as a luxury facility for US troops stationed in the South.

The delegation arrived on a special plane Friday from Pyongyang to Incheon, in the first high-level interactions between the two sides of the Korean Peninsula in over a decade.

The North has sent almost 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games, including officials, athletes, artists and also a 230-member state-trained cheering group after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures for the games. Later Saturday night, they all joined the chief of the International Olympic Committee to watch the debut of the inter-Korean team in the women's ice hockey tournament.

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