S. Korean president declares 2018 Winter Olympic Games open

Kim Jong Un Invites South Korea's Moon To Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un Invites South Korea's Moon To Pyongyang

He also did not shake hands with Kim Yong Nam while making a brief appearance at a leaders' reception ahead of the ceremony - although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country is also regularly threatened by Pyongyang, did so, while exchanging pleasantries with the North Korean.

A massive military parade in Pyongyang on the eve of the just-opened Pyeongchang Games has been used as Exhibit A by skeptics.

The North Korea officials were received by Moon's chief of staff.

"Kim's proposal for a summit with Moon is based on the premise that the North will stick to its nuclear weapons while seeking rapprochement with the South", he told AFP.

The North Korean delegation's arrival came a day after Kim Jong Un presided over a massive military parade in Pyongyang that was highlighted by the country's developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles, which in three flight tests past year showed potential ability to reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected.

Moon urged Pyongyang to actively seek an "absolutely necessary" dialogue with Washington, he said.

The Korean women's hockey team, the first in Olympic history to combine players from North and South, was routed 8-0 by Switzerland on Saturday night in its debut game, outshot 52-8 in a matchup that could have been far worse if not for the goaltending of Shin So Jung.

In an article titled "Shameful behavior using sacred Olympics for confrontational schemes", the ruling party's Rodong Sinmun daily accused Pence of "snobbishly" asking South Korea to arrange the Olympic events so that he wouldn't run into North Korean delegates.

President Donald Trump, as well as several USA allies, have agreed to halt all military exercises until after the Olympics, Pence said.

But Schoff said that by pouring cold water on hopes for better inter-Korean relations, Pence's stance could be viewed as critical of Moon's outreach to North Korea.

He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government.

The lunch meeting at the Blue House, which was broadcast live on South Korean TV, showed Moon sat in front of Kim Yo Jong, rather than Kim Yong Nam, technically the more senior official present in the meeting, and head of the North Korean delegation.

Moon has already put a summit offer on the table.

That meant Pence was mere feet away from Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean head of state Kim Jong-un.

Pence, who is leading the USA delegation to the Olympics, has accused Pyongyang of using the event for its own ends.

"We have some players that are not 100 percent healthy yet", she said. Pence carried a similar message during his trip to Japan and South Korea.

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