Abe & Moon vow joint efforts over N. Korea, future ties


The unnamed official of South Korea's presidential Blue House was quoted as saying that Abe told Moon on Friday that it was not a right time to delay the annual joint military drills between South Korea and the US. "I like the reconciliatory mood and I have high expectations", said Kim Sang-yoon, a 44-year-old businessman who drove almost five hours to see the opening ceremony with his wife and two sons.

People dressed-up as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 9, 2018.

"It's quite something! I want that hat!" said one South Korea fan on Twitter. 'We also reaffirm our commitment to continue well beyond the Olympics - when the Olympics are long a distant memory - to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically, ' Pence said. They are fielding a joint women's ice hockey team.

He said: "We are going to make it crystal clear that our military, Japanese self-defence forces, our allies here in South Korea and all of our allies across the region are fully prepared to defend our nations and take whatever action is necessary to defend our homeland".

Showing a flair for the dramatic, Kim Yo Jong carried a blue folder with a personal letter from her brother, carefully placing it on a table where the delegation sat across from Moon and his aides.

Kim, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, is leading North Korea's delegation to the Olympics.

"As we speak, an estimated 100,000 North Korean citizens labor in modern-day gulags", Pence said.

The North's representative, its highest-level official ever to visit the South, was placed between Olympics chief Thomas Bach and United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres.

If Moon accepts Pyongyang's invitation and meets with the North Korean leader, it would be the 3rd inter-Korean summit.

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Last November, one North Korean soldier took a much riskier route when he ran across the fortified border with South Korea under fire from fellow troops.

Murray and the players have simple but lofty goals for a team ranked 22nd in the world a year ago: Win a game in the three-game preliminary round; advance out of pool play; and help hockey grow in South Korea. Shinzo Abe, the leader of North Korean archrival Japan?

Past "charm offensives" have been interpreted as North Korea trying to recoup from crippling sanctions on their nuclear programme, or trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its U.S. ally.

Moon's defenders point out that he has, for the most part, fallen in line with the global effort, led by Washington, to isolate and sanction the North for its ICBM launches and nuclear test over the previous year.

According to the source, Abe said at the meeting in Pyeongchang that it was necessary for North Korea to show its honest will and concrete actions for denuclearization and that it was important to conduct a U.S. More than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries will compete here, making it the biggest Winter Olympics to date.

Moon was raised in poverty in Busan by North Korean parents who'd fled during the war.

Other members of the North Korean delegation present at Saturday's meeting included Ri Son Gwon, who led the first sit-down talks at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) earlier this year, and Choe Hwi.

Analysts say Kim Jong Un's decision to send his sister to the South reflected an eagerness to break out of diplomatic isolation by improving ties with the South, which the country could eventually use as a bridge to approach the United States. It has dispatched a delegation of almost 500 people - mostly musicians, dancers, and an all-female cheering squad - and has been pushing its participation as a sign of willingness to work with Seoul, through greater exchanges, to ease what has been a year of very high tensions on the peninsula.