Moon watches concert with Kim Jong Un's sister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in toasts North Korea's ceremonial head of States Kim Yong-nam in a reception held in Yongpyeong 200 kilometers east of Seoul just before the opening of the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 9 2018. (Yonh

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited the South's President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang, Seoul said today.

Perhaps the most intriguing geopolitical news to come out of the start of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, held in PyeongChang, South Korea, might be the fact that the two Korean states made a decision to unify on the global stage for the occasion.

North Korea is subject to heavy United Nations and U.S. sanctions created to pressure the reclusive, one-party state to abandon its development of nuclear and ballistic missiles.

North Korean officials, journalists, members of a Taekwondo exhibition team and a 140-member orchestra - which will play at a concert in Gangneung later on Thursday - have also arrived in South Korea for the Games.

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After the game ended with an 8-0 score, Moon, Bach and North Korean officials went down to the bench and had a talk with the Korean hockey players.

A Blue House official said Moon "practically accepted" the invitation.

The thaw in relations has centred on the Olympics.

Pyongyang has sent hundreds of people to the Winter Olympic Games, including 22 athletes, a cheering squad and an art performance group, under an agreement reached in inter-Korean dialogue last month that marked the first of their kind in over two years.

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Kim Yo-jong is the first member of the ruling Kim family bearing the bloodline of the sacred Mount Paektu, a centrepiece of the North's idolisation and propaganda campaign, to cross the border into the South since the 1950-53 Korean War. He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government.

Usually held in April, the parade took place this year on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics being staged in the South Korean mountain resort of Pyeongchang, just across the heavily fortified border.

A renewed feud over the issue has frayed ties even as America's two key Asian allies confront the challenge of North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

Farah in her tweet referenced the death of American Otto Warmbier, who died last year after being held prisoner for almost two years in North Korea. The New York Times reported Friday that during the opening ceremony, North and South Korean athletes marched together under the unified flag, a moment that was "moving" to many spectators.

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Earlier South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon had hosted a lunch for the Pyongyang delegation at a five-star hotel. Moon gave qualified consent to holding a future summit with Kim, the first between the two Koreas since 2007.

Neither did Pence shake hands with Kim Yong Nam while making a brief appearance at a leaders' reception ahead of the ceremony - although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did so. North Korean state media broadcast the parade, showing what appeared to be the Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 - the ICBMs test-launched previous year for the first time.

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