North Korea's Kim invites Moon to Pyongyang for summit

North Korea's Kim invites Moon to Pyongyang for summit

North Korea's Kim invites Moon to Pyongyang for summit

Hosts South Korea produced a show of unity with neighbours North Korea during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang yesterday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday said the United States, South Korea and Japan were in complete agreement on isolating North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme, even as the two Koreas deepened their diplomatic detente at the Winter Olympics.

Vice President Mike Pence was seated to the left of Moon and just a few feet away from the North Korean delegation in a row behind them. Later, he skipped a formal dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.

But away from the spotlight, these two unwanted guests, men dressed as North Korea supreme leader and the United States president, were escorted away from the premises.

Cheerleaders of North Korea hold unification flags as they wait the start of the opening ceremony.

Pence, who has promised more sanctions on North Korea, met with defectors from the country and also brought along the father of American student Otto Warmbier, who died after being kept in a North Korea prison.

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Officials traveling with Pence said it would be fair to characterize his failure to interact with the North Koreans as a mutual decision, with neither side making any public overtures.

"We hope to see you in Pyongyang at an early date", Kim Yo Jong told Moon after delivering a personal letter from her brother, according to officials.

Read the full report at NBC News.

As part of the delegation to the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim Yo Jong, the current leader's younger sister regarded as one of his closest aides, arrived in South Korea by plane Friday with other senior officials such as Kim Yong Nam. North Korea ice hockey player Chung Gum Hwang and South Korean bobsledder Won Yun-jong were joint flagbearers. The North Koreans had met with Abe at the earlier reception and with Moon. He also said the ceremonies were not the appropriate venue for serious talks.

"'I would love the team to get the Nobel Peace Prize", Ruggiero, a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) executive board said.

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