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[Newsmaker] President Moon cautious on North Korean leader's invitation to Pyongyang

11 February 2018

And as the South appeared to look favorably on warming ties on the Korean Peninsula, Pence insisted Saturday "there is no daylight" among the United States and allies South Korea and Japan in intensifying pressure on the North over its nuclear and missile programs.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in yesterday met senior North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, over lunch at Seoul's presidential palace in the most significant diplomatic encounter between the rivals in years.

North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong-nam also attended the luncheon with Mr. Moon.

But away from the spotlight, these two unwanted guests, men dressed as North Korea supreme leader and the U.S. president, were escorted away from the premises.

Kim Yo Jong told Moon that relations would improve quickly once he meets with her brother.

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An intruder at the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang entered onto the stage twice during the show, NBC revealed at the end of its telecast.

Inside, it had seven more pictures of their meetings with Moon and the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang - four of them featuring the South Korean leader, who was described as president.

But the North was welcomed with open arms to what South Korean President Moon Jae-in called "Olympic games of peace".

President Trump's right-hand man was at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Saturday night to watch the opening session of short-track speedskating and, for the second evening in succession, he was unable to avoid a connection to North Korea.

The parade which featured the 92 nations participating in the Olympics including hosts Korea, was a celebrating of Korean culture and the spirit of the Olympic games.

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A visit by Moon to the North would be only the third inter-Korean summit to take place. They did not find out that the North Koreans were joining them until mid-January, when the rest of the world also heard the news.

Among the previously incomprehensible scenes seen in the past 24 hours at the Olympics was this one: After the game the top North Korean officials and the South Korean president joined Bach in greeting the Korean players and posing for pictures with them.

When he was returned to the United States, he had horrific brain injuries which his family attributed to him being tortured by the Kim Jong Un's regime.

Wary that the North is trying to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul, he made a point of having no part of any of the North's brand of for-Koreans-by-Koreans detente.

While a summit in Pyongyang would signal warming ties on the peninsula, it also risks driving a wedge in the alliance between the US and South Korea.

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Moon has been pressing the North to engage with the U.S. to de-escalate tensions between the countries, which have been fueled by a string of nuclear tests that were met with strong rhetoric from President Donald Trump.