Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korean delegation heads home after concert

North Korean delegation heads home after concert

Moon hosted talks and a lunch with Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of the North Korean leader, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Pence was in South Korea for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

Pence said Moon updated him about the meeting he had with North Korean officials and "both of us reiterated to each other tonight that we will continue to stand strong and work in a coordinated way to bring maximum economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on North Korea". But the prospect could sow division between the dovish leader, who has long argued for engagement with the nuclear-armed North to bring it to the negotiating table, and US President Donald Trump, who previous year traded personal insults and threats of war with Kim.

The two hockey players are the most decorated on the unified Korean women's hockey team, with Park as the team captain and Jong being the highest scoring North Korean player in recent memory.

North and South Korea teams entered together under the Korean Unification Flag during the Opening Ceremony.

Moon was quoted by the news agency as saying, "The current visit of the delegation of the north side created a spark of improving the inter-Korean relations and ensuring peace on the Korean peninsula".

The presence of the delegation at the Games is the result of agreements signed by the two Koreas, who have technically been at war for 65 years.

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In the meeting, Kim Yo Jong handed Moon a letter from her brother, and she asked Moon to visit the North at the earliest possible date for an inter-Korean summit. Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, delivered that message during her meeting with Moon on Saturday.

As the Winter Olympics formally opened with Friday's Opening Ceremonies, the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee said its servers were being hacked by an unidentified attacker.

It is rare for Japan's prime minister to communicate with a high-ranking official from North Korea's Workers' Party. "In the days before the Olympics, all the news was about Kim, not South Korea", she said.

Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test a year ago and in November tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile that experts said has the range to reach anywhere in the United States. They said Pence could have opted to sit with the USA delegation and avoided the box that included the North Koreans.

It was the first time an inter-Korean team had competed at an Olympic Games.

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