Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Moon meets Kim's sister inside Blue House

Members of the North Korea cheering group gather before a welcoming ceremony inside the Gangneung Olympic Village before the 2018 Winter Olympics Moon meets Kim's sister inside Blue House
Patty Aguilar | 12 February, 2018, 02:54

The Korean fans' enthusiasm for Saturday's game was not dampened by the scoreline, as many saw it marking progress towards peace on the Korean peninsula and hundreds of spectators waved unification flags.

United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters at United Nations headquarters that Guterres sat near 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam at a dinner Friday night, and they were also near each other during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Cheong Wa Dae (South Korean presidential office) spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said that Yo-jong came to South Korea as a "special envoy of Kim Jong-un".

The South Korean president mentioned the need for the North to resume its dialogue with the United States.

Moon hosted talks and a lunch with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the North Korean leader, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

However, South Korea's main opposition party warned that any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear program was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy".

It was the first Olympic hockey game for both Koreas, and it showed. I walk into the locker room and you can't tell who is from the North and who is from the South.

Providing fuel to the ferry would have been a hard decision for Seoul because of concerns that North Korea is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in global sanctions against the country over its nuclear and missile programs.

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Murray and the players have simple but lofty goals for a team ranked 22nd in the world past year: Win a game in the three-game preliminary round; advance out of pool play; and help hockey grow in South Korea.

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"Kim Jong Un is clearly serious about reviving talks with the South to improve relations", said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a security adviser to Moon.

Murray said she and her coaches only found out at the last minute that these politicians would attend the game, and the staff decided not to tell the players.

Tensions soared a year ago as the North staged a series of nuclear and missile tests in violation of United Nations resolutions, while leader Kim and United States President Donald Trump traded colorful insults and threats of war.

The Post, for example, quoted former Korean analyst at the CIA Sue Mi Terry, who called Kim Yo Jong "the Ivanka Trump of North Korea".

North Korea's rather reclusive leader Kim Jong-un has asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang at the "earliest date" possible for what will be a third inter-Korean summit.

Kim Yo Jong claps next to Kim Yong Nam at the Switzerland v Korea women's hockey game on February 10, 2018.

A rare invitation to Pyongyang for South Korea's president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour, part of an accelerating diplomatic thaw that included some Korean liquor over lunch and the shared joy of watching a "unified" Korea team play hockey at the Olympics.

While the spectacle of the two teams was greeted with apparent joy by Moon and his guest Kim Yo Jong, standing from their seats, smiling and handshaking each other, Pence remained seated as the North and South Koreans athletes entered the stadium.

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.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is also in Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony.

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