Korean hockey team faces Switzerland in historic debut match

Korean hockey team faces Switzerland in historic debut match

After the invitation was conveyed, a Blue House official said local authorities are now planning what message Moon will send to Kim Jong-un, and how he will send it, once the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games wrap up later this month.

The invitation was delivered through his younger sister Kim Yo-jong who met Moon at the presidential palace.

"I am willing to meet with President Moon in the near future", Kim Yo-jong quoted Kim Jong-un as saying, according to presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.

"This is the strongest action yet by North Korea to drive a wedge between the South and the United States", said Kim Sung-han, a former South Korean vice foreign minister and now a professor at Korea University in Seoul.

Pence and Moon reaffirmed the need for the US, South Korea, and Japan to cooperate and put pressure on Pyongyang.

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. He also spoke out against Moon's recent pro-Pyongyang gestures and the North's charm offensive.

Angela Ruggiero, a four-times ice hockey world champion and Olympic gold medalist, told Reuters she would ask others to nominate the team, which included 12 players from North Korea which is still technically at war with the South.


This item corrects that Kim Yo Jong is the leader's sister.

Kim Yo Jong arrived in South Korea on Friday for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in the alpine resort town of Pyeongchang, where she had her first face-to-face encounter with Moon.

"But we're gonna make it crystal clear that our military, the Japanese self-defense forces, our allies here in South Korea, all of our allies across the region, are, are fully prepared to defend our nations and to take what is - action is necessary to defend our homeland", he said. Days later, TV news shows in South Korea are still repeatedly airing footage of Kim walking with President Moon Jae-in, often with a placid smile on her face. A delegation of more than 500 North Koreans are attending the Games.

"We have no intention to meet the U.S. side during our visit to South Korea", Jo said in a terse statement reported by state-run news agency KCNA.

Such a summit would be the third of its kind, following meetings between Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, and South Koreans Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-Hyun in 2000 and 2007, each time in Pyongyang.

But diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang won't start unless Kim Jong Un wants it to.

Angel Mancari came all the way from the US state of Alaska to support her daughter, Rosie Mancari, who's competing in the Ladies' Snowboard Cross.

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