Kim Yo Jong Fascinates, And Puzzles, In South Korea

Kim Yo Jong Fascinates, And Puzzles, In South Korea

The first liberal president in a decade, Moon has repeatedly said since his election in May that he'd be willing to visit Pyongyang and meet with Kim Jong Un if that would help solve the North's headlong pursuit of a nuclear arsenal that can target the USA mainland.

"In the midst of all this, he ran a military parade that highlighted his ballistic missiles".

Pence did say, however, that Moon shared with him details of his meeting with North Korean leaders, without elaborating.

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.

After arriving in Seoul on Friday, the North Koreans attended a chilly opening ceremony at Pyeongchang's Olympic Stadium, taking their place among world dignitaries, including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who seemed to go out of their way to not acknowledge the North Koreans despite sitting just few feet (meters) away.

The gesture sought to further exploit divisions between the US and South Korea, which differ on the best way to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons.

After decades of bloodshed and strife, including a runup to the Olympic Games that saw the rival Koreas lurching toward war amid a near-constant barrage of North Korean missile and nuke tests, it's such a ludicrous concept at first glance that many refuse to even consider it.

North Korea's Olympics delegation leaves thorny questions behind

Past "charm offensives" have been interpreted as North Korea trying to recoup from crippling sanctions on their nuclear program, or trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its USA ally.

North Korea's delegation sent to the Winter Olympics held "frank and candid" talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North Korean news agency said on Sunday, but it made no mention of the North's invitation to Moon to Pyongyang for a summit.

The frame for the still-nascent diplomatic path forward is this: The United States and its allies will not stop imposing steep and escalating costs on the Kim Jong Un regime until it takes clear steps toward denuclearization.

Choe Hwi, chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, also attended the lunch meeting. White House officials stressed that Pence had applauded only for the American team, but Asia experts said the vice president's refusal to stand could be seen as disrespectful to the hosts.

Sunday's concert - the orchestra's second and final show - was expected to feature South Korean pop songs as well as North Korean music, and to be watched by Moon, Kim Yo Jong, and Kim Yong Nam, the North's ceremonial head of state.

"His goal is to do enough on the inter-Korean front to get the United States and North Korea to jaw-jaw", Green said. Many in Seoul, however, while interested in the warming high-level contacts, are also tempering expectations for a real breakthrough. A big one could be a demand to cease the U.S. "There are some who would not want to be in the same room together if it wasn't for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics". -South Korean war games that North Korea claims are preparation for invasion.

'Having these red communists in the heart of Seoul is an utter humilation!' one protester shouted near the venue as dozens of others waved banners condemning both Moon and Kim Jong Un.


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