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North Korean leader offers to meet South Korean president

12 Febrero 2018, 11:36 | Benedicto Grullon

Richard Heathcote Getty Images A general view as United States athletes entered the stadium during the Opening Ceremony on Friday

A general view as United States athletes entered the stadium during the Opening Ceremony on Friday

The prospect of the two-way talks, however, may not be welcomed by the US.

North Korea's overtures to the South have included sending as part of its delegation Kim Yo Jong, the current leader's younger sister, who is thought to be one of his closest aides.

On his flight to Alaska on Saturday, the vice president said he left Asia "encouraged that we will continue to work very closely to continue and intensify the maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea.

Moon has said he hopes to be able to set the conditions to hold a summit between the two leaders in the North.

An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South's Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang.

"What is happening underneath is more important", he said.

North Korea's decision to participate has eased tensions after months of saber rattling and missile and nuclear tests that have raised fears it's closer-than-expected to achieving its goal of developing a nuclear weapon that could reach the US mainland.

2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony took place on Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

That said, there's now no indication that Pence and Kim exchanged any pleasantries on the balcony.

For North Korea, the visit invitation is the latest manifestation of a shift in tone, a dramatic departure from years of verbal hostilities and threats toward the US and its neighbours.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is watching a joint Korean hockey team's historic first match against Switzerland at the Olympics with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The issues came as a surprise as South Korea is considered one of the most technologically-advanced countries in the world. The article reiterated that the North's decision to send delegates to the South had nothing to do with an attempt to approach the United States for talks.

The North initially had no athletes coming to the Olympics, but the International Olympic Committee allowed 22 as special entries.

Vice President Mike Pence is cheering on USA speed skaters at the Winter Olympics, before departing South Korea for Washington on Saturday.

A spokesperson for Pyeongchang 2018 said they "cannot speculate" on the reason behind it but did not rule out claims that their servers were deliberately targeted by hackers, insidethegames.biz reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to meet in Pyongyang, a dramatic gesture that may raise prospects for easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.



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