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(Olympics) IOC hails two Koreas' handshakes at opening ceremony as 'historic moment'

11 February 2018

Earlier on Friday, Mr. Pence said Mr. Moon gave his backing to additional measures the United States is planning to try to curb North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes, speaking after paying tribute at a South Korean memorial.

"She is likely to propose an invitation to go to Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Un", said Bong Youngshik, a researcher at Yonsei University's Institute for North Korean Studies in Seoul.

"I am very confident, as President Trump is, that President Moon will continue to stand strongly with us in our extreme-pressure campaign", Pence told NBC in an interview, maintaining all options were open to deal with the crisis.

North and South Korea are still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce.

The South Korean leader said in response "let's create the environment for that to be able to happen", Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a news briefing.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made only a brief appearance at a reception marking the start of the Winter Olympics on Friday, avoiding a potentially awkward encounter with the ceremonial leader of North Korea attending the same event.

In December, Guterres dispatched United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman to Pyongyang for talks, but the envoy came back with no commitment from North Korea to hold negotiations on the nuclear standoff. The two sides held frequent ministerial-level talks for a few years after the summit.

"The two axles must spin together to make wheels move", he said.

"What can not be overlooked is that Moon did not directly demand North Korea to abandon its nuclear development".

Hundreds of Twitter users in recent days have referred to "Pyongyang2018", and while some were making a dig at the presence of North Korea at the Games, in many cases it appears to have been a simple mix-up.

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Iran on Thursday had summoned South Korea's ambassador over reports its athletes would not each receive a $1,100 smartphone. It took three tries for a man on skis to stop it, all captured for posterity in slow motion.

Moon was accompanied by Suh Hoon, director of the National Intelligence Service; Cho Myoung-gyon, the minister of unification who handles inter-Korean affairs; Im Jong-seok, Moon's chief of staff; and Chung Eui-yong, head of the National Security Office.

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But there seems to be a diplomatic thawing between North and South Korea. She's the first family member of the Kim dynasty to set foot in the south.

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(Olympics) IOC hails two Koreas' handshakes at opening ceremony as 'historic moment'