Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea invites South boss to Pyongyang

Media captionKim Yo-jong presented President Moon Jae-in with a folder holding a handwritten note from her brother, the personality of North Korea

North Korea’s personality Kim Jong-un has invited South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang.

It would be the first limit in some-more than a decade between Korean leaders.

Mr Moon pronounced the Koreas should “make it happen” and speedy the north to return to negotiations with the US.

The handwritten invitation was delivered by Mr Kim’s successful sister, Kim Yo-jong, at a landmark assembly in the presidential house in Seoul, as the Winter Olympics opened.

Ms Kim and the North’s rite conduct of state Kim Yong-nam done up the many comparison commission from the North to revisit the South given the Korean War in the 1950s.

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The total from the two Koreas shared kimchi (Korean preserved cabbage) and soju rice liquor, and spoke for 3 hours.

Ms Kim invited Mr Moon to revisit “at the beginning date possible”, a orator for South Korea’s presidential house said.

According to a twitter by the Washington Post’s Tokyo business chief, Ms Kim left a note at the house expressing wish that “Pyongyang and Seoul will turn closer in the heart of Koreans” and for “unification and wealth in the nearby future”.

How will the US react?

The assembly comes after the US warned against rendezvous with Pyongyang.

The Trump administration is cautious of Seoul descending for North Korea’s attract descent during the Winter Olympics, which are holding place amid tragedy over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.

Correspondents contend the invitation puts Mr Moon in a formidable position as he campaigned on a guarantee to rivet with the North, but his moves in that instruction go discordant to the wishes of his US ally

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Kim Yo-jong was seated nearby Mike Pence at the opening rite of the Games

Earlier, US Vice-President Mike Pence quickly encountered Kim Yong-nam at the Games but the two tried to equivocate directly confronting any other, Yonhap news group reports.

At the opening rite for the Games, Mr Pence, Kim Yo-jong and Kim Yong-nam were seated in close vicinity to any other.

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Mr Pence stayed seated when the athletes of the horde republic marched into the locus alongside those from the North.

On Saturday, he tweeted that the US would not “allow the promotion sham by the North Korean regime to go unchallenged on the universe stage”.

What will South Korea ask for?

“President Moon responded by observant that the two sides should work on substantiating the right conditions to realize the meeting,” the South Korean orator Kim Eui-kyeom said.

The South Korean boss requested both that North Korea re-open discourse with the US, and that the Koreas hold talks.

Mr Moon’s bureau pronounced the two Koreas “shared an bargain that they should continue the certain mood for assent and recognition” from the Olympic Games.

But Pyongyang’s nuclear programme will hang over any attempts to bring the countries closer together.

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Mr Moon has formerly pronounced he will need soundness from the North that it would help solve the nuclear crisis.

However, researcher Robert E Kelly of Pusan National University tweeted that the inter-Korean family would “return to form”.

Mr Moon may also, analysts said, direct a possibility for families divided by the limit to reunite. There have been some such meetings in the past, but they are rare.

Who is Kim Yo-jong?

The top form member of the North Korean commission to the Games, she is the first evident member of the North’s statute family to revisit the South given the 1950-1953 Korean war.

Ms Kim, who is pronounced to be very close to her brother, was promoted to the absolute politburo last year.

She is on a US sanctions list over purported links to human rights abuses in North Korea.

Ms Kim is suspicion to be about 30 years old, around 4 years younger than her brother.

Later on Saturday Ms Kim, Kim Yong-nam and Moon Jae-in attended the first ice hockey compare played by a joint group of athletes from both North and South Korea, against Switzerland.

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They sat alongside Thomas Bach, the boss of the International Olympic Committee.

Media captionWhat we’ve seen of Kim Yo-jong from North Korean media

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