Protesters in South Korea come out against Olympics

Pence awkwardly avoids North Korean delegation at Olympics

Any meeting would be a landmark moment not only for the two nations, but for Moon Jae-in, who rose to power a year ago on a policy of engaging more with the North in an attempt to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.

As noted in the report, South Korea suggested the union as a way to help ease tensions between the two nations.

The Blue House on Saturday said Moon wanted the two Koreas to "create the environment first for that (the visit) to be able to happen".

He didn't say what those conditions were, but he urged North Korea to open a dialogue with the United States, suggesting no diplomatic progress could be made without USA participation.

"Sending a special envoy to the North will be a step toward finding out Kim Jong-un's true intentions behind the current overture", said Koh Yoo-hwan, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University.

If it takes place, the visit would be the first meeting of Korean leaders since Roh Moo-hyun visited Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang in October 2007 for a summit regarding nuclear issues.

The diplomatic thaw has also seen a unified "All Korean" team compete in the Olympic ice hockey tournament.

During the ceremony, Pence sat just feet away from Kim Yo Jong and looked stony faced as President Moon twice shook hands with her. Moon shared details with Pence of his meeting with North Korean leaders, but did not talk about the invitation to talks in Pyongyang.

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit in Pyongyang
The North's founding leader Kim Il Sung died in 1994, but under his son Kim Jong Il it continued to prod its southern neighbor. Pence, representing the United States at the opening ceremony, was in no mood to bask in Moon's diplomatic gobbledygook.

"We can set the symbols, we can show that it is worthwhile sitting down together discussing, negotiating, and that then you can come to a good result", Bach said.

Diplomatic sources with deep knowledge of North Korea's activities told CNN that despite outwardly positive signs and indications of a "charm offensive" from Pyongyang, what's "unclear and bizarre" is there has not been any concurrent diplomatic movement from North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, and his special envoy, was in town for numerous cultural events at the beginning of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

"I am very confident, as President Trump is, that President Moon will continue to stand strongly with us in our extreme-pressure campaign", Pence told NBC in an interview, maintaining all options were open to deal with the crisis. But North Korea's record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind.

Pence was seated between South Korean President -in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with and, 's 90-year-old nominal head of state, seated a row behind.

North Korea's leader, Kim, once dismissed as an inexperienced figurehead, has quickly built a reputation as a ruthless dictator at home and a wily strategist in handling North Korea's external enemies. President Moon and I reflected on that last night.

Some 800 protesters marched to the National Theater of Korea in Seoul where South Korean president Moon Jae-in and the despot's sister were scheduled to enjoy a concert in the culmination of their Olympic reconciliation, AFP reported.

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