North Korea judged victor of diplomatic gold at Olympics

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Kim Yong Nam, top left, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, top right, sit behind U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, bottom left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, bottom right, as they watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

As the first medals were being won at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, we got our first glimpse of the North Korean "cheerleaders".

The announcement was the first development stemming from Moon's efforts to use the Olympics in an effort to improve relations with North Korea.

The lunch Saturday at Seoul's presidential mansion between Moon and Kim Yo Jong is the most significant diplomatic encounter between the rivals in years.

"Having these red communists in the heart of Seoul is a humiliation!" one demonstrator yelled near the theater as dozens waved signs and banners condemning Moon and Kim Jong Un.

Reviving inter-Korean talks is key to the polices of Moon, who says South Korea should be in the driver's seat in worldwide efforts to deal with the North's nuclear threat.

The invitation was delivered in a meeting between Moon and the North Korean leader's sister, Yo-jong. The night before, Kim and other North Korean delegates attended the opening ceremony of the Olympics, watching a "unified" Korean team march under a banner showing an undivided Korean Peninsula.

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.

Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News' Lester Holt this week that the "going to continue to put all the pressure to bear economically and diplomatically, while preserving all of our military options to see that that happens".

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In the longer term, Kim appears to hope that he can convince the global community that it can co-exist with a nuclear North Korea.

The significance of Pence and the North Koreans sitting in the same box was not immediately clear.

Pence is leading the USA delegation to the opening ceremonies, where he has worked to pour cold water on warming ties between the two Koreas. Then coaches and players from North and South participated in an uncomfortable, somewhat surreal press conference in front of a legion of worldwide journalists.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate".

Though they've been separated by the DMZ for more than 60 years, Koreans from north and south share common language, ethnicity, culture and in many cases familial roots. Where Moon and Ms. Kim reportedly exchanged pleasantries about the frosty weather, Pence offered her little more than a cold shoulder while seated next to her at the Opening Ceremony. It was built in the 1960s as a luxury facility for US troops stationed in the South.

Iran, where Samsung has a strong presence on the high street, has sent four athletes to the Games in Pyeongchang.

The grand finale of the concert was North Korean song, "Let's Meet Again", and a common Korean song titled, "Our Wish Is Unification", both sung together by Seohyun, a member of South Korean pop group Girls' Generation, and a North Korean female octet. For example, the sanctions imposed in September 2017 on textiles, coal, and other exports are said to have reduced North Korean exports by 90 per cent.

White House officials and other critics believe North Korea is trying to use the global stage to gain sympathy and ease punishing economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure that are beginning to bite.

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