Kim Jong-un praises 'sincere, impressive' South Korea

Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong meets South Korean president Moon Jae-in

"No one who reads the Times could think for a second that the Times doesn't understand about human rights abuses or North Korea's nuclear program".

"North Korea clearly appears to be winning the gold", said Kim Sung-han, who served as Korea's vice foreign minister in 2012-2013 and who now teaches at Seoul's Korea University.

The Unification Ministry said the funds will come from the government budget for inter-Korean cooperation and will cover housing and food for the cheering squad, orchestra, taekwondo athletes, journalists and other members of the more than 400-strong delegation.

South Korea also agreed to only wave flags that did not feature the disputed islands - a move unpopular with some who harbor bad blood over Japan's occupation of the peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

The Kim Jong Un lookalike made his way past the cheerleaders during a women's hockey showdown between the unified Korean team and Japan. The only video KCTV has broadcast video was of them leaving Pyeongchang and arriving back in North Korea.

In an interview with the Washington Post's Josh Rogin, on his way home from South Korea where he led the USA delegation at the Winter Olympics, Pence said that during conversations with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, the US and South Korea had agreed on terms for "further engagement" with the North.

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She headed the North's delegation and has now returned home. "They dragged me out and they kicked me in the shins and were shouting something really angrily in Korean".

Kim Yo Jong was the first member of her family to travel to South Korea since Korean War hostilities ceased in 1953. The US Vice President stayed for about 5 minutes without making any contact with the officials from North Korea.

Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom cited Moon as replying: "Let's create the environment for that to be able to happen".

Marcotte told CNN the two North Koreans exhibit "happiness" and "passion", while skating and called them "a joy to work with". If President Moon accepts the invitation, then this would pave the way for what could be the third meeting of the inter-Korean summits between the two countries.

Kim Yong Nam, the North's ceremonial president, said "even unexpected difficulties and ordeals could be surely overcome and the future of reunification brought earlier when having a firm will and taking courage and determination to usher in a new heyday of inter-Korean relations".

All of which leaves unresolved the question of whether North Korea is exploiting South Korea's desire for peace in order to secure economic or other benefits and break the alliance with the United States, or it wants to resolve the nuclear crisis and other disputed issues.

Japanese editorials sounded a similar warning, saying dialogue would be meaningless unless it led to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

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