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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president to summit

Olympics-Norovirus-outbreak-worsens North Korea leader Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president to summit
Olivia Ford | 11 February, 2018, 05:29

The Koreas could potentially talk about a South Korean special envoy meeting Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang or even a summit between Moon and Kim. Instead, they said, Kim simply wasn't seated in the area where Pence was receiving well-wishers.

At a glittering but sub-zero ceremony, South and North Korea brought the crowd to its feet as they entered behind the blue-and-white Korean unification flag.

Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates, including the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, arrived in the South on Friday on Kim Jong Un's private jet and attended the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The Winter Olympics opened earlier today (local time) with cultural and artistic performances as well as the customary parade of athletes, which was the delegations from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea under one flag, carried together by a sportsperson from each team.

"NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" will air the full interview with Fred Warmbier Saturday night.

Officials traveling with Pence said it would be fair to characterize his failure to interact with the North Koreans as a mutual decision, with neither side making any public overtures.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has extended a rare invitation to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang.

He was jailed and was not seen for 18 months until he was suddenly and dramatically given what North Korean officials called humanitarian release because of his rapidly declining health. "She's in the Kim family", he said.

Pence said the United States and South Korea were closely aligned in their approach to dealing with North Korea. "At this time we can not confirm (a cyberattack)", he said.

The official said Pence and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, while watching speed skating together on Saturday night, discussed intensifying sanctions. Pence fired off a tweet calling the North's participation in the Games a "propaganda charade" and saying the world must not "turn a blind eye to the oppression and threats of the Kim regime".

"But he stayed there the entire time. and talked to Moon and Abe and their spouses, and the North Koreans sat in the back and didn't talk to anybody, and that image is telling".

Earlier in the week, he joined Pence at a meeting with North Korean defectors. In a previous cyberattack, documents from Winter Olympics organizations were stolen and leaked by a campaign tied to Russian Federation, while North Korea has also been suspected of spying on the event's various organizations, a Wired report said. "I know that all British Columbians will be joining me in cheering on Team Canada in every event at the Winter Games". "He cheered for the United States of America", the official said.

A DPRK taekwondo demonstration team has also come to demonstrate the traditional Korean martial art during the Winter Olympics. He wants them all to win medals.

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