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Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit

10 February 2018

Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates, including the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, arrived in the South on Friday on Kim Jong Un's private jet and attended the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Moon and Kim Yong Nam planned to return to the Games venue to watch the joint Korean women's ice hockey team - the first ever combined team at the Olympics - take on Switzerland, the Blue House said. North Korea showed its might with a military parade Thursday.

Pence made it clear that the US continues its efforts to increase pressure on North Korea with economic sanctions, while Moon expressed the hope that the Winter Olympics might be "a venue that leads to dialogue" about denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula.

Pence, who is leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympics, briefly encountered Kim Yong-nam at the Games but the two tried to avoid directly facing each other.

Eager to put a reality check on the thaw in relations between the two Koreas in advance of the games, Pence met with North Korean defectors Friday and paid respects at the Cheonan Memorial in Pyeongtaek, which honours the 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack attributed to the North.

"We're getting along great", said the Kim lookalike, according to Reuters.

Murray's work in progress has found itself caught in the middle of a national debate within South Korea over the inclusion of the North Korean players and the decision to play under the flag of a unified Korea.

"I think the North Koreans are making a last-ditch effort to get across the finish line with their nuclear program while the world's attention is focused on the Olympics", Bolton said. They said Pence could have opted to sit with the USA delegation and avoided the box that included the North Koreans.

'Make no mistake about it, the United States of America has viable military options to deal with a nuclear threat from North Korea but, that being said, we hope for a better path, ' he said. Warming ties between the Koreas could complicate Seoul's ties with Washington, which wants to maximize its pressures on Pyongyang.

US college student Otto Warmbier was captured in North Korea in 2016, authorities said for stealing a sign praising leader Kim Jong Un.

Earlier, US Vice-President Mike Pence briefly encountered Kim Yong-nam at the Games but the two tried to avoid directly facing each other, Yonhap news agency reports.

Also in the North's delegation is Choe Hwi, a senior official blacklisted by the United Nations.

This item corrects that Kim Yo Jong is the leader's sister.

South Korea treated the ferry as an exception to maritime sanctions it imposed on the North so it could transport the artists to the South.

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit