Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit

As Olympics Open, Moon's Warm Words for Pyongyang Alarm South Korea's Allies

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Kim Yo-jong visited the office, Cheong Wa Dae, in Seoul in her capacity as a special envoy of North Korea's leader, along with the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam.

South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na lights the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Games. US Vice-President Mike Pence, sitting a few seats away in the same Opening Ceremony VIP booth, looked stony faced as the scene unfolded.

Tensions between the U.S and North Korea intensified during the past year, raising worries of armed conflict on the peninsula. 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. "Nearly half of young males say that North Koreans are the enemy".

Moon made the remark during his meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visiting South Korea for the 23rd Winter Olympics, according to the presidential Blue House.

Moon promotes the Olympics as the "Peace Games" and hopes to use North Korea's participation as a springboard to better relations between the estranged neighbors - and perhaps to broader denuclearization talks.

Looking confident and relaxed, she had a brief meeting at the airport with South Korean officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, before being whisked away in a black limousine and catching the high-speed train to the mountains of Pyeongchang.

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Also in the North's delegation is Choe Hwi, a senior official blacklisted by the United Nations.

The last summit between leaders of the two Koreas occurred in 2007 when South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun and Kim Jong-il met in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital.

So far, the South Korean President seems keen to take up his North Korean counterpart's offer, which comes as no surprise.

Pence has been waging a campaign to stop the North from "hijacking" the Olympics with its charm offensive. Moon's spokesman said the meeting at the Blue House was held in a "friendly" mood. His single-minded pursuit of a nuclear arsenal to counter what he sees as the threat of invasion by the United States has ratcheted up tensions not only with his rivals but also with primary trading partner China and with Russian Federation, once a key benefactor.

"Had it not been for the Pyeongchang Olympics, some of us might not have had a chance to be together in the same room", he said at the reception for VIPs before the Opening Ceremonies. "We are here together and that alone will be a precious starting point for a step forward toward world peace".

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