DPRK, S. Korea vow to keep momentum of inter-Korean rapprochement: KCNA

Defection fears at the Winter Olympics

Could Pyeongchang's initial pitch - that it could contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula - actually become reality?

But there were also some signs of a break in unity between the neighboring states, which technically still remain at war after the Korean War ended in an armistice, most notably the stark contrast over the significance of forming a unified Korean team. A big one could be a demand to cease the U.S. South Korean President Moon Jae-in tried hard to get the United States and North Korea together. If he's not actually forging peace, he's at least putting himself in a position to make a serious assault on the notion.

Sputnik: North Korean leader reportedly invited South Korean president to Pyongyang.

Japan does not participate in the military exercises, but it is within reach of North Korean missiles and relies heavily on US forces and their readiness to deal with that threat.

But Moon, a liberal who has always wanted to engage the North, will also have to convince a good portion of his own people who are deeply wary about North Korean intentions.

Of the three, the North Koreans might be the easiest sell.

Washington insists that Pyongyang - which is under multiple sets of United Nations Security Council sanctions - must take concrete steps toward denuclearization before any negotiations can take place.

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

South Korean forward Han Soo-jin hit the crossbar midway through the opening frame, and that was as close as it came to scoring. -South Korea joint exercises planned for April. Stopped from becoming a judge because of his student activism, he became a human rights lawyer at a time where that work held real risk.

Seven years later, President Roh Moo-hyun crossed the DMZ on foot.

Others warned against treating Kim Yo Jong's presence at the Olympics as a cause celebre.

A senior United States administration official told reporters that Pence did not discuss North Korea's invitation to Moon when the two leaders watched short track speed skating together.

Moon did not respond directly to the invitation from Kim Jong Un, and urged Pyongyang to actively seek an "absolutely necessary" dialogue with Washington, Moon's spokesperson said.

A decade of conservative rule, beginning in 2008, overturned the policy. North Korea will not relinquish its nuclear arsenal because its government sees it as an essential means of guaranteeing its survival - and after Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi, who would blame them? Many think he'll take a cautious approach if a summit comes off, given the nuclear threat.

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The diplomatic thaw on the Korean Peninsula displayed at the Winter Olympics has brought some hope for further detente. Seemingly every aspect of her appearance and demeanor has been examined with microscopic detail on TV.

Historic tensions between the divided Koreas have always involved the United States, though in recent years, the United States has stepped to the forefront of the conflict with the Kim dynasty.

Some 800 protesters marched to the National Theater of Korea in Seoul where South Korean president Moon Jae-in and the despot's sister were scheduled to enjoy a concert in the culmination of their Olympic reconciliation, AFP reported.

He also talked about visiting the North Korean border town of Kaesong, where the countries operated a jointly-run factory park that had been a symbol of rapprochement before South Korea shut it down in 2016, after North Korea's fourth nuclear test. Jong led all North Koreans with 20:58 of ice time, while Kim played a little over seven minutes and Hwang played 7:49.

"The occasion today is watched closely by the world, and there's a lot of hope placed on the South and North", he said.

By the beaming smile Moon gave his rival's sister, you could hardly tell. "I feel that weight on my shoulders".

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