South Korea's Leader Invited to North Korea

South Korea's Leader Invited to North Korea

However, South Korea's main opposition party warned any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear programme was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang "at an early date", South Korean officials said on Saturday, potentially setting up the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

"We have to put this in context in the spirit of the Olympics and why we're here".

As for sharing Moon's box with the North Koreans, the officials said they knew in advance who was going to be in Moon's box to watch the opening ceremony.

Vice President Mike Pence is cheering on US speed skaters at the Winter Olympics, before departing South Korea for Washington on Saturday. They were seated beside the Moons and next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife.

"With a smile, a handshake and a warm message in South Korea's presidential guest book, Kim Yo Jong has struck a chord with the public just one day into the Pyeongchang Games", the story read.

"What the president said exactly is let's create the right circumstances to make it happen", Yoon said in a statement. There was another handshake.

Switzerland's Alina Muller nearly single-handedly spoiled Korea's Olympic unity moment on Saturday, scoring four goals to power the Swiss to an 8-0 win over Korea's unified women's ice hockey team.

The spokesman says Moon also called for a quick resumption of dialogue between the United States and North Korea.

The vice president's visit was also marked by bad blood between Pence and some US athletes.

According to the Blue House, Kim Jong Un wanted to meet Moon "in the near future" and would like him to visit North Korea "at his earliest convenience", his sister told Moon. Athletes from North and South Korea marched together under a single flag.

The visual was important, a USA official said. Her visit comes one year after the U.S. Treasury Department placed sanctions on Kim for her role in propaganda and "agitation" as part of her family's harsh rule over North Korea, and her government's efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

Diplomacy and sports have mixed in an unprecedented way, as a historic visit made by Kim Jong-un's younger sister has paved the way for hope to better relations between the two Koreas.

But privately, officials said, Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea.

Many older South Koreans on both sides of the political divide harbour a nostalgic longing for some form of reunification - conservatives through the North's collapse, liberals through a more amicable arrangement. At the same time, the vice president has deliberately left the door open to a possible encounter with North Korean officials expected to be in attendance.

Moon briefly met Kim at the reception he hosted for visiting heads of state and other global leaders, before the opening of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Friday.

Later, he skipped a formal dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.

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