Kim Jong Un invites South Korea's leader to Pyongyang for talks

Dignitaries attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang

Kim Jong Un invites South Korea's leader to Pyongyang for talks

But North Korea's bad record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind.

The Winter Olympics are being dubbed the Peace Games thanks to a symbolic display of unity at the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang overnight.

For that reason, Schoff said, Washington should work closely with Seoul to shape any North-South summit agenda, "defending the role of exercises for stability and insisting that denuclearization is front and center of any peace talks". I assume they knew that message was coming.

The personal invitation from Kim was delivered verbally by his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, during talks and a lunch Moon hosted at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

"North Korea clearly appears to be winning the gold", said Kim Sung-han, who served as Korea's vice foreign minister in 2012-2013 and who now teaches at Seoul's Korea University.

It's too early to say, Mattis said, "if using the Olympics in a way to reduce tension - if that's going to have any traction once the Olympics are over".

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The North Korean cheerleaders charmed the crowd with nostalgic oldies. Kim Yo Jong is 28 years old, according to the USA government. The United States fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an "ironclad" agreement to protect its ally.

The Korean women's hockey team, the first in Olympic history to combine players from North and South, lost 8-0 to Switzerland on Saturday night in its debut game in front of a raucous, sellout crowd on a historic night mixing sports and politics on an global stage. Saturday's game ended in a crushing 8-0 loss to Switzerland.

"Always stay healthy and please come and visit Pyongyang with President Moon", Kim Yo Jong told South Korea's First Lady Kim Jung-sook after the show ended.

He said the Koreas should create an environment so that a summit could take place.

The South Korean president also stressed the need for the communist North to resume its dialogue with the United States.

In its first reports about the Games, North Korea's state-run media slammed U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday for what it called "shameful" and "snobbish" behavior not in line with the spirit of the Olympics.

"Make no mistake about it, the United States of America has viable military options to deal with a nuclear threat from North Korea but, that being said, we hope for a better path", he said. The U.S. and Finland women's hockey teams also play Saturday.

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Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen watch on during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games . Yesterday, Kim's sister was photographed at the Winter Olympics sitting just rows behind US Vice President Mike Pence .

Always flanked by thick groups of bodyguards, Kim Yo Jong commanded attention wherever she went, walking among throngs of journalists with a quiet poise and occasionally shooting an enigmatic smile at cameras.

Kim Yo Jong shook hands with Moon at the beginning of the ceremony.

The North initially had no athletes coming to the Olympics, but the International Olympic Committee allowed 22 as special entries.

"North Korea is skilfully driving a wedge between the U.S., Japan and South Korea".

There were South Koreans who agreed with Pence's stance.

"South Korea has some hard homework to solve regarding some countries", President Moon said in a speech before Pence arrived. Otto Warmbier was arrested in North Korea and died a year ago after returning to the U.S.

Kim Tong-hyung covers the Koreas for The Associated Press. Moon's chief of staff held a farewell dinner for the delegation before the delegation attended a performance by a North Korean orchestra, the last item on their itinerary before heading home.

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