South Korea president meets Kim Jong-un's sister, other officials

South Korea president meets Kim Jong-un's sister, other officials

South Korea president meets Kim Jong-un's sister, other officials

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un invited the South Korean president to the Hermit Kingdom through his sister on Saturday as part of a mounting charm offensive during the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

Pence told reporters that the two leaders "spoke as friends" during his visit to South Korea, and their discussions including the meeting between Moon and the North Korean delegation, led by Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong.

Pence said Friday that the US would oppose talks between the two Koreas until the North agreed to open negotiations on ending its nuclear program, and he was silent Saturday on the news of the invitation.

The Kim sister put her hands to her mouth in the first period when North Korean forward Jong Su Hyon went close.

Accepting North Korea's demand to transport more than 100 members of the art troupe by sea, South Korea treated the Mangyongbong-92 ferry as an exemption to the maritime sanctions it imposed on the North, a controversial move amid concerns that the North is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in global sanctions. Even if he had met the North Korean officials, Pence would simply have reiterated his mantra that North Korea can not reap the benefits of being part of the community of nations while it threatens the world with its nuclear and missile aggression.

The result mattered less than the political symbolism, however, as around 200 of North Korea's famed "army of beauties" charmed a crowd of 3,600 besotted locals with nostalgic oldies - and even broke out a Mexican wave.

"I didn't want to be perceived as supporting what's going on between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un", she said, groaning over Trump's dubbing the Korean leader "little rocket man" and bragging on Twitter that his own nuclear button is bigger.

Asked if she thinks that some of the North Korean athletes might try to defect while at the Winter Games, Choi told Williams they know the government would take their families hostage. South Korean President Moon Jae-in tried hard to get the United States and North Korea together.

So, when Pence didn't stand for the unified Korean entrance during the parade of nations at the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday, Twitter didn't overlook the irony. The North Koreans were in the room at the same time as Pence, an official said.

The cameras, so focused on the North Korean hype squad for the first hour of the night eventually moved down the walkway, turning their lenses to center-ice and Pence, who stayed comfortably seated as the races continued.

Earlier on Friday, Mr Pence said Mr Moon gave his backing to additional measures the United States is planning to try to curb North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes, speaking after paying tribute at a South Korean memorial. Both Pence and the North Koreans resisted Moon's initiative and avoided interacting with one another.

The two leaders however, did not discuss North Korea's invitation to Moon to visit Pyongyang, according to a senior administration official.

Earlier, Moon warmly greeted North Korea's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, as they attended the VIP reception. It was their first joint march since 2007.