With unexpected show of Korean unity, Winter Olympics begin
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 11, 2018,
Feb 11, 2018, 3:57
The officials, who spoke on condition because they were not authorized to discuss the US approach publicly, also denied that Pence had been blindsided by the seating arrangement - with the North Koreans in the row behind him, allowing Kim Yo Jong to be easily pictured in profile next to the vice president. He made it clear from the start that he came to the Games with a message of "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang. The rhetoric war between North Korea and the Trump administration hasn't skipped a beat in Pyeongchang.
In line with efforts to ease sanctions and attain recognition as a normal member of the global community, North Korea has recently ordered high-level organs to use the Olympics as a basis to identify foreign investors and establish new foreign currency-earning operations in the country.
"We hope to see you in Pyongyang at an early date", Kim Yo Jong told Moon after delivering a personal letter from her brother, according to officials.
There is speculation Pyongyang could invite Moon to visit later this year.
On Thursday, North Korea said its official delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics had no intention of meetings its USA counterpart.
He also met Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong, at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in PyeongChang later on the same day.
South Korean player Ko Hyein said: "We had a tight game at first in the first period, but our mental toughness wasn't really good so we lost our posture after suffering the first goal".
Moon apparently cited the conditions necessary for an inter-Korean summit.
According to an additional source in Pyongyang, the organizations tasked with carrying out the orders are expressing frustration over Kim Jong Un's nuclear and missile tests, which they believe are scaring away potential investors.
A front page photo shows Kim Yo Jong talking with South Korea's unification minister at Incheon airport after the delegation arrived there on Friday ahead of the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics.
Moon has already put a summit offer on the table.
Analysts say the North's decision to send her to the Olympics shows eagerness to break out from diplomatic isolation by improving relations with the South, which it could use as a bridge for approaching the United States.
"We tried to sneak into the media section so we could wave to the athletes", he said Saturday.
It was a raucous and historic night mixing sports and politics on an worldwide stage for a second straight night in this remote region of South Korea. Later Saturday night, they all joined the chief of the International Olympic Committee to watch the debut of the inter-Korean team in the women's ice hockey tournament.
Despite only being half-brother to the North Korean leader, the two are understood to a have a very close connection. The North's political delegation was set to leave Sunday.
Deepening the odd-man-out optics for Pence, Moon and Kim, smiling broadly, exchanged a handshake and cheered the team enthusiastically.