North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledges for reconciliation between Koreas

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South Korea says its president, Moon Jae-in, who has been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea's development of nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States, was offered a meeting with Kim in Pyongyang via his sister.

The two sides agreed to resume military talks during a recent contact on the North's participation in the Winter Olympics under way in PyeongChang, an eastern town in the South.

Based on that assurance, Pence reportedly told Rogin he felt confident he could endorse post-Olympic engagement with the North.

On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning, Sol Kim said he is supporting the Free USA 3 movement, which encourages people to show solidarity with the three Americans detained in North Korea, including his father. A South Korean student told Reuters news agency: "They're a bit old fashioned. but it was meaningful that we shared this moment together". The Vice President was seated mere feet away from the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo-jong. If Moon accepts the invitation, then this would pave the way for what could be the third meeting of the inter-Korean summit between the two countries.

"The United States too looks positively at South-North Korean dialogue and has expressed its willingness to start dialogue with the North", said a spokesman for Moon.

"Japan must be united with the worldwide community to enhance pressure on North Korea to the maximum degree", it said.

Their visit to the South was the first by such a senior delegation since the Korean War in the 1950s. "We saw the picture of her awkwardly behind you and Mrs. Pence in the box, did you give any consideration to greeting her?" Meanwhile, Pence is making clear that the USA will keep escalating sanctions pressure on the North until it takes clear steps toward giving up its nukes.

"So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify".

Vice President Mike Pence, who reportedly floated the possibility of diplomatic engagement with North Korea, said on February 12 that President Donald Trump's campaign of "maximum pressure" would continue.

Mr Pence came face to face with Ms Kim at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, but they did not interact.

One group said reunification might be nice one day but feared it would mean bankrolling the poverty-stricken North and higher taxes for them. "I believe that North Korea wants to buy some time to continue their nuclear missile programme".

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