North Korea judged victor of diplomatic gold at Olympics
North Korea judged victor of diplomatic gold at Olympics
North Korea judged winner of diplomatic gold at Olympics
12 February, 2018, 09:34
Kim Yo Jong is the first member of her family to set foot in this country since the north and south were divided and her grandfather, Kim Il Sung, founded North Korea.
The first member of the North's ruling dynasty to visit the South since the Korean War ended in an armistice in 1953, Kim on Saturday made headlines across the globe when she delivered an invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea.
Asked later if Moon's desire to accept the North Korean invitation to visit Pyongyang undermined Pence's trip or detracted from his message, a senior administration official said: "No, I don't think it does in the least".
Tensions soared past year as the North staged a series of nuclear and missile tests in violation of United Nations resolutions, while leader Kim and US President Donald Trump traded colourful insults and threats of war.
Wearing a black coat and with her hair pulled back, she presents a marked contrast to the ceremonial head of North Korea's government - the often expressionless Kim Yong Nam, 90.
The South Korean leader said in response "let's create the environment for that to be able to happen", Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a news briefing. But the prospect could sow division between the dovish leader, who has long argued for engagement with the nuclear-armed North to bring it to the negotiating table, and US President Donald Trump, who past year traded personal insults and threats of war with Kim.
President Trump's right-hand man was at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Saturday night to watch the opening session of short-track speedskating and, for the second evening in succession, he was unable to avoid a connection to North Korea.
The US and South Korea stand united against North Korea's nuclear program, even as the two Koreas hold talks in conjunction with the Winter Olympics, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday.
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An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South's Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang.
It's natural, then, for some South Koreans to glimpse the hope of reconciliation in the visit of an unimposing, smiling representative of North Korea.
The result: a heady, sometimes surreal, state of affairs in a South Korea that has seen far more threat than charm out of the North.
What American mainstream media outlets like best of the dictator's sister, I suspect, is that she enables them to claim that Vice President Pence, who is also in South Korea for the Olympics, has been upstaged.
Speaking on his way home from the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Mr Pence said there was "no daylight" between the two allies on the issue. While Trump's advisers have threatened military action to prevent Kim from gaining the ability to strike the US homeland with a nuclear weapon, Moon is seeking to prevent a war that could devastate South Korea and the region.
Loud applause greeted the appearance of Moon, Kim Yo Jong and her delegation at the concert, attended by more than a thousand people. Seafood, once a major North Korean export, was now more widely available at home after United Nations sanctions banned these exports in August.
And while Trump's unpredictable nature is likely prove a challenge going forward, Oba said the US leader's capriciousness could in the end prove to be a blessing.
But the last-minute decision to form the team was slammed by many South Koreans, who accused Moon of using athletes for political purposes and robbing Seoul's own citizens of opportunities to compete at the Olympics. "Here, too, the important thing to do is coordinate with South Korea".
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At a reception Friday, Moon pointed to the joint Korean women's ice hockey team - an Olympic first - as a starting point. The South Korean President also stressed the need for the Communist North to resume its dialogue with the US.
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The two sides also fielded a joint women's ice hockey team, the first unified Olympic team between South Korea and the DPRK . They may also see a performance by a visiting North Korean art troupe in Seoul on Sunday before flying back to Pyongyang.
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