Korea: 'Warm talks' with Moon

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Vice President Pence on Saturday said there is "no daylight" between the United States, South Korea and Japan on their views of North Korea.

North Korean state media praised Saturday's performance of a united Korean team at the Winter Olympics, now taking place in South Korea, but failed to mention that the team lost the game 8-0 to Switzerland.

Though South Korea is hosting the Winter Olympic Games for the first time, the nation has some experience in the world of worldwide athletics, having hosted the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.

North and South Korean leaders swapped warm handshakes and smiles at Friday's opening ceremony, enabling the International Olympic Committee to present the Games as enablers of peace and take the media spotlight away from a Russian doping scandal that has plagued it for years.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has extended a rare invitation to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang.

The invitation was issued through Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, who was attending the Games with the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.

North and South Korea played in the same team for the first time in the women's ice hockey competition but were resoundingly beaten 8-0 by Switzerland on day one of the Pyeongchang Games.

In January 1968, Kim Yo Jong's grandfather, founding North Korean president Kim Il Sung, sent a squad of North Korean commandos to Seoul who tried unsuccessfully to kill then-president Park Chung-hee. "So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify". She also asked him to play a "leading role" in reuniting the two Koreas after almost seven decades.

A visit by Moon to the North would enable the first summit between leaders from the two Koreas since 2007, and would mark only the third inter-Korean summit to take place.

Moon's desire to engage North Korea was in contrast to his USA ally.

When South Korea president Moon Jae-in shook hands with Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, at Friday night's opening ceremony, many thought it was more than a polite gesture.

The north's state-run agency said the talks were "warm" but added they were "frank and candid". "But he stayed there the entire time. and talked to Moon and Abe and their spouses, and the North Koreans sat in the back and didn't talk to anybody, and that image is telling". "And he is encouraging both sides to come together".



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