Pence to North Korea: 'If you want to talk, we'll talk'

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Kim Yo Jong the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Seoul

Their final appearance in South Korea was joining Moon at a Seoul concert of a visiting North Korean art troupe, led by the head of the immensely popular Moranbong band, whose young female members are hand-picked by Kim Jong-un.

Moon warmly shook hands with her and later held talks with her in Seoul.

If he accepts the invite, it would be the first time leaders of the two Koreas have met since 2007.

"I think it is different from the last 20 years", Pence said, according to the Post. "But I found that we share many similarities". "I hope we can quickly become one and meet these good people again in Pyongyang".

The North Korean nuclear issue is also directly linked to South Korea's national security.

Some set fire to a North Korean flag while others chanted "Let's tear Kim Jong Un to death" as they ripped posters of his face to shreds.

United States Vice President Mike Pence (R) and Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, arrive to attend a ceremony reception ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening ceremony on February 9, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. In Tokyo, Pence announced new sanctions on North Korea that he promised would be the toughest ever, due to be unveiled soon.

In December, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with the isolated nation without pre-conditions. Trump himself has said he sees nothing wrong with talking with the North Koreans per se. "And this signal helps the opponents of a military operation in Washington and elsewhere".

BBC had reported that the coming of Kim Yo-Jong to South Korea is itself a major event, as no member of the ruling family from North Korea had visited South Korea after 1953 when the Korean war ended.

"The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization", Pence was quoted as saying.

Past "charm offensives" have been interpreted as North Korea trying to recoup from crippling sanctions on their nuclear program, or trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its U.S. ally.

The joint Korean hockey team lost 8-0 to Switzerland in its historic debut match on Saturday night. He is also urging the North Koreans to sit down with the United States at the earliest opportunity.

"We have no intention to meet the USA side during our visit to South Korea", Jo said in a terse statement reported by state-run news agency KCNA. North Korea has shown no signs it's willing to discuss denuclearization.

Analysts say the North's Olympic diplomatic drive seeks to loosen global sanctions against it and undermine the alliance between Seoul and Washington. Last week, a commentary published by the Korean Central News Agency called denuclearization "a wild dream that can never come true".

In its warning to the world, Open Doors has stressed that "every aspect of life in North Korea is controlled by the state. Moreover, he is not in included in the global black lists, unlike many other official representatives of North Korea", she said.

Pyongyang has ruled out a meeting with the U.S. delegation during the Winter Games.



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