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Moon and DPRK Officials in North Korean Concert

12 February 2018

They added: "Kim Yong Nam, Kim Yo Jong and President Moon Jae In and his wife all stood up to wave to the players of the north and the south".

Moon apparently cited the conditions necessary for an inter-Korean summit. North Korean state media said Thursday there was no intention on the North Korean side for such talks to take place.

Tensions between the two soared a year ago as Pyongyang tested missiles capable of reaching the US mainland and its most powerful nuclear device to date, while Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump traded personal insults and threats of war.

A senior USA administration official told reporters that Pence did not discuss North Korea's invitation to Moon when the two leaders watched short track speed skating together.

Athletes from North and South Korea marched together under a single flag.

Later, North Korea displayed its most powerful strategic weapons, including what appeared to be Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 ICBMs rolled out on launcher trucks.

Although inter-Korean talks are occurring on the sidelines of the Olympics, Pence is confident that Seoul and Tokyo "are solidly with our alliance and the need to continue and intensify economic sanctions", the official said.

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North Korean leader Kim Jung Un reportedly selected the looks himself, not all that surprising considering the authoritarian ruler's penchant for - or evolution toward - a snazzy suit and "trend-setting" haircuts.

Moon's desire to engage North Korea was in contrast to his U.S. ally. "We want peace, everybody wants peace, nobody wants war".

Abe has stressed the importance of trilateral cooperation involving the United States to address the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs.

North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from U.S. aggression.

The two Koreas have a rocky and sometimes violent history at the Blue House.

The handwritten invitation was delivered by Mr Kim's influential sister, Kim Yo-jong, at a landmark meeting in the presidential palace in Seoul, before the Winter Olympics.

Ms. Kim is the first member of the Northern ruling dynasty to tread the land of the great rival since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

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She has rapidly risen up the ladder since her brother inherited power from their father, and is now among his closest confidantes.

Seoul and Pyongyang have resumed dialogue in the context of the Pyeongchang Olympics, despite tensions created by the North's ballistic and nuclear programs.

It is rare for Japan's prime minister to communicate with a high-ranking official from North Korea's Workers' Party.

Smiling and seemingly unfazed by cameras flashing during the airport meeting, Kim Yo Jong wore a black coat, matching ankle boots and carried a black purse.

Kim Eui-kyeom, South Korean president's spokesman, said at a news conference in Seoul on Saturday that the North Korean delegation delievered the invitation letter at a landmark high-level meeting at the presidential palace in Seoul.

The colorful opening ceremony kicked off what will be the biggest Winter Olympic Games in history with more than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries competing.

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But North Korea's record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind. After months of tensions, the athletes from the two countries marched under the same flag in the parade ceremony.

Moon and DPRK Officials in North Korean Concert