Pence to North Korea: 'If you want to talk, we'll talk'


North Korea's Olympic delegation has left Pyeongchang, and stuck South Korean President Moon Jae-in with a decision: whether to accept an invitation to Pyongyang for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. They smiled broadly, though it was not immediately known what they said.

Kurtz said Kim Yo Jong, 30, is in charge of Pyongyang's "Propaganda and Agitation Department".

"The Ivanka Trump of North Korea".

It's not that she is opposed to attempts at unification, but that the North stole the South's thunder. As a sign of her status, the elder Kim Yong Nam offered her the seat of honor at the airport meeting, but she politely declined.

CNN said the daughter of Kim Jong Il and his second wife, Ko Yong Hui, Kim Yo Jong would be "favored to win gold" if "diplomatic dance" were an event.

After his staged walk-out at an American football game in October, on Friday it was the turn of USA ally, South Korea, to feel the brunt of his pointed political point-scoring. Of course, China has also been a key player pulling the strings from behind the veil.

They do so with as much focus on the North, which has zero real medal contenders, as the South, which in the three decades since its last Olympics has built a solid winter program as it went from economic backwater and military dictatorship to Asia's fourth-biggest economy and a bulwark of liberal democracy.

A visit by Moon to the North would enable the first summit between leaders from the two Koreas since 2007, and would mark only the third inter-Korean summit to take place. But she has generally remained safely cloaked in her brother's shadow. She is not a bystander or mere spectator; rather, Kim is an active participant.

The significance of Pence and the North Koreans sitting in the same box seemed to run counter to the mission he was supposed to undertake.

For security reasons, few details of Kim Yo Jong's three-day itinerary have been made public.

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.

It was an emotionally charged moment.

The two Koreas are still technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict on the Korean peninsula ended in a ceasefire and not a truce.

The activists had gathered in South Korea's capital on Sunday to voice their discontent about North Korea's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The past year has been particularly acrimonious as the North has accelerated its nuclear weapons development and test launches of missiles that are now believed to be able to reach most or all of the United States, South Korea's most important ally.

He was seen avoiding direct contact with Kim Yo-jong and other members of the North Korean delegation in PyeongChang. The meeting could turn out to be just a lunch, a photo op or a nicety.

Later in the day, Moon and the DPRK delegation also jointly attended the opening match of the unified women's ice hockey team comprised of athletes from the North and the South. The North Korean orchestra will return home on Monday after their second and last performance on Sunday.

Security for anything involving the North Koreans has been exceptionally tight.

Their stories demonstrate the fear the North Korean regime inspires in the American mind.