Kim Jong-un Invites South Korean President to Pyongyang


The Winter Olympics has seen the participation of both North and South Korea as a single unit.

"The Vice President is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions", said Pence's spokeswoman, Alyssa Farah.

"We can set the symbols, we can show that it is worthwhile sitting down together discussing, negotiating, and that then you can come to a good result", Bach said.

Pence's announcement follows North Korea extending an invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae In to be the first-ever head of state to meet Kim Jong Un. A spokesperson for Moon's office said that pre-conditions needed to be met before the summit takes place.

With U.S. President Donald Trump, the tension between North Korea and the United States of America has considerably increased.

"The US and South Korea want to present a united front, but they have completely different priorities: South Korea doesn't want war, and the US doesn't want North Korea to have nuclear weapons".

Pence said Friday that the USA 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.

North Korea defends its weapons programs as essential to counter US aggression, saying regular war drills between the United States and the South are preparations for invasion.

Pence called it "maximum pressure and engagement at the same time", Rogin said.

The latest North Korean diplomatic overture does not appear to have discouraged Washington from pursuing its strategy of pressure.

During Pence's visit, Moon assured the vice president he would tell the North Koreans clearly that they would not get economic or diplomatic concessions for just talking, only for taking concrete steps toward denuclearization, the newspaper said. Based on that assurance, Pence was cited as saying he felt confident he could endorse post-Olympic engagement with Pyongyang.

But reactions among ordinary South Koreans have been more mixed.

Others, such as 23-year-old Yoon Jun-young, were angry that that North Korea's participation on the global sporting stage had come without any political concessions.

A South Korean government official said Seoul's stance was that separate talks with North Korea by South Korea and the United States should both lead the denuclearization of the North while sanctions and pressure continue to be applied.

The parade aimed at the domestic audience to reassure the people that the participation in the Olympics does not mean that the regime was losing strength, Bajgerova said, adding that the parade did not seem to be a gesture for the global community.

President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to South Korea for playing host a day before the Games began, but had been silent on the topic since.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon speaks during the national team launch ceremony for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in Seoul.

In response, Moon said that it was an internal affair and that it was inappropriate for Abe to bring it up, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

Global competition has led to the easing of tensions between North and South Korea.