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North proposes inter-Korean summit with S Korean President

North proposes inter-Korean summit with S Korean President North proposes inter-Korean summit with S Korean President
Noah Ferguson | 10 February, 2018, 20:49

The presence of Kim Yo Jong as part of the delegation to the Olympics led to speculation that she might have been sent because, as a close relative of the North Korean leader, she would be in a position to deliver a personal message to Moon.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks with President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, during their meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, February 10, 2018.

Pence spent the days leading up to the games warning that the North was trying to "hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games" with its "propaganda".

The sight of North and South Koreans marching together for the first time in a decade was the culmination of months of work by Seoul.

Some local media reported system problems, including the Games website and some television sets, were due to a cyberattack but Sung said it was still too early to determine whether hackers had attempted to damage them.

"She's a pretty important person in the regime", said Michael Madden, an analyst at the U.S. -Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

UN Security Council sanctions adopted in December impose a cap on the supply of refined oil goods to North Korea at no more than 500-thousand barrels a year.

News reports said 4,000 of the phones were being given to athletes attending the Pyeongchang games, but that athletes from Iran and North Korea would be excluded because of United Nations sanctions against the two countries over their nuclear programmes.

"Yesterday's display was all one more part of an ongoing provocation", Pence says.

Lawmakers from Moon's liberal ruling party have talked about the possibility of South Korea sending a special envoy to Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Un.

"This is the first time Mike Pence has been accused of being a snob", said an aide to the vice president, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the North Korean reports.

The women's hockey team, the first to combine players from North Korea and South Korea, was making its Olympic debut against Switzerland on Saturday night, just 24 hours after an extraordinary opening ceremony a few miles away was marked by signs of unity between the two rivals. He also urged North Korea to engage in talks with the United States. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach then handed the podium to Moon, who declared the Olympics officially open.

Moon said improved relations between the Koreas may be a step toward resolving the nuclear standoff.

Games organisers had refused on Wednesday to give athletes from Iran and North Korea the Galaxy Note 8 devices from sponsor Samsung, loaded with essential logistical and competition information, due to worldwide sanctions.

The pair of national leaders have been known to trade threats of nuclear war over the past year. "We wanted the North Koreans to see the vice president, Abe and Moon sitting directly in front of them for the opening ceremonies, and it would show that that alliance is strong". Jo Yong Sam, department director general of North Korea's foreign ministry, said Thursday the country had never "begged the USA for dialogue" and wasn't about to start now. The North Korean delegation that arrived in the South on leader Kim Jong Un's private jet also includes his sister Kim Yo Jong.

A visit by Moon to the North would be only the third inter-Korean summit to take place.

Pence came to the table and shook hands with all of the VIPs on the head table except Kim Yong Nam, and left the reception five minutes later.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is also in Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony.

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