North Korean leader proposes inter-Korean summit

Members of North Korea's military taking part in a parade in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang

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.

But in their meeting Saturday, the South Korean president also asked North Korea to be amenable to talks with the United States, telling Kim Yo Jong that it was "urgent" for Pyongyang and Washington to start resolving their differences.

Two previous inter-Korean summits were held in 2000 and 2007, between the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, father of Kim Jong Un, and then South Korean presidents Kim Dae Jung and Roh Moo Hyun. Not by choice, and not for long, but for a few hours North Korean cheerleaders chanted and sang, South Korean fans waved unification flags and the team from Korea played like it was united even though the two countries are far from it.

The South Korean president also stressed the need for the communist North to resume its dialogue with the United States.

Kim Yo Jong and the rest of the North Korean delegation sat next to Vice President Pence at the Olympic's opening ceremony Friday, but they did not speak or acknowledge each other.

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On Friday, Pence said there was "no daylight" between the allies in pushing for denuclearization of the peninsula. Moon, a dove who wants to resolve the nuclear standoff diplomatically and peacefully, quickly responded to Kim's outreach by offering talks.

Pence's tweeted day-after position: "The U.S. will not allow the propaganda charade by the North Korean regime to go unchallenged on the world stage".

"You must have had a hard time due to the cold weather", Moon said as he greeted Kim Yo-jong, referring to the frigid temperatures during Friday's opening ceremony.

Lim Hyojun won gold in the 1500m short track speed skating to give Olympic hosts South Korea their first medal at the Pyeongchang Games in front of a jubilant crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Saturday (Feb 10).

But in a sign Kim Jong-un is unlikely to give up his nuclear arms, he used the day before the Olympics to host a massive military parade which included trucks carrying intercontinental ballistic missiles - weapons that could potentially strike the USA mainland.

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It would be the first summit in more than a decade between Korean leaders.

Unlike Pence, fellow attendee Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did shake hands with Kim Yong Nam, the South's presidential Blue House said.

At the opening ceremony for the Games, Mr Pence, Kim Yo-jong and Kim Yong-nam were seated in close proximity to each other.

The Trump administration, and successive American administrations before it, has insisted that North Korea must give up its nuclear weapons program if it wants to be treated as part of the worldwide community.

North Korea continues to defy increasingly tough sanctions, and states at every opportunity that its nuclear weapons program is nonnegotiable.

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