South Korean president hosts lunch for delegation from the North


Moon in particular made a strong push for direct dialogue between North Korea and the United States. News reports said Hwang was caught taking bribes.

Abe also said, however, that the two leaders had agreed the two countries needed to create a “future-oriented” relationship, which Moon also underscored in opening remarks at their meeting in Pyeongchang, where Abe is to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

Speaking to the USA and Japanese troops at the Yokota Air Base outside Tokyo, Pence vowed to continue “maximum pressure campaign” on North Korea in a bid to forcing Pyongyang to give up its nuclear missile programme.

North Korean state media broadcast the parade, showing what appeared to be the Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 – the ICBMs test-launched past year for the first time.

A Reuters analysis shows there has been a gradual decline in conventional weapons on display since 2012, Kim Jong Un’s first parade as leader, and a move to showcase more sophisticated weapons such as ballistic missiles.

South Korea earlier this year said the agreement failed to meet victims’ needs and called for more steps, but Japan insists the agreement should not be changed.

“As they marched in together, South Korean president Moon Jae-in shook hands with North Korean president Kim Yong-nam and Kim Yo-jong, the sister of Kim Jong-un”.

That was not the case with Moon – either at the games, when he enthusiastically reached up to shake Kim Yo Jong’s hand, or at the lunch the next day. He was in South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

Moon spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Saturday that Moon told Kim Yo Jong that the North and South should continue to build conditions for a summit.

But Mr Moon, a liberal who has always wanted to engage the North, will also have to convince a good portion of his own people who are deeply wary about North Korean intentions.

Tensions between the two soared past year as Pyongyang launched intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland and carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date.

The smiles and handshakes were friendlier than some of the North’s past history with the complex – in 1968 Pyongyang sent commandos to attack it to try to assassinate the South’s then leader.

United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters at United Nations headquarters that Guterres sat near 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam at a dinner Friday night, and they were also near each other during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Pence carried a similar message.

The Moon government is hoping that improved inter-Korean relations could pave the way for talks between Pyongyang and Washington on the former’s denuclearization.

A high-level North Korean delegation including leader Kim Jong Un’s sister has arrived at a train station in Pyeongchang hours ahead of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

“It seems clear”, he said, “that the countries have entered a phase of restoring a regular level of contact”.


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