Don't mention the score: North Korean media silent on 8-0 loss

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

President Moon Jae-in and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will jointly attend a North Korean art troupe's concert in Seoul, officials said Sunday.

"What can not be overlooked is that Moon did not directly demand North Korea to abandon its nuclear development".

Trump himself has said he sees nothing wrong with talking with the North Koreans per se.

Kim Yo Jong, 30, is an increasingly prominent figure in her brother's government and the first member of the North's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

The Olympics-inspired detente mood flared after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un abruptly expressed his willingness to send an Olympic delegation.

"The fight is not over", Mattis said Sunday.

To ensure the North's participation at the Games, this time Seoul persuaded Washington to delay annual joint military drills that always infuriate Pyongyang. That's an important change from the previous US position, which was to build maximum pressure until Pyongyang made real concessions and only then to engage directly with the regime.

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". The North Korean orchestra will return home on Monday after their second and last performance on Sunday. It was built in the 1960s under the government of late anti-communist dictator Park Chung-hee as a luxury facility for USA troops stationed in South Korea.

"If young people can understand that, I think South Korean women's ice hockey players can think bigger for our nation and our people". They were whisked back and forth between Seoul and the Olympic towns of Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

The most important part of the visit, however, came during one of the quieter moments. The United States stood its ground.

Though Moon has used the Olympics to resurrect meaningful communication with North Korea after a diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear program, he didn't immediately jump on the North Korean offer for a summit.

There have been summits between the two Koreas before.

Earlier on Friday, the Olympics opening ceremony titled "Peace in Motion" saw four Korean singers, Ha Hyun-woo of rock band Guckkasten, soloist Lee Eun-mi, iconic rock singer Jeon In-kwon and indie duo Bolbbalgan4's Ahn Ji-young, who sang of hopes for a peaceful world with John Lennon's "Imagine", the iconic song representing peace. "And that is, demand at the outset of any new dialogue or negotiations that the Kim regime put denuclearization on the table and take concrete steps with the world community to dismantle, permanently and irreversibly, their nuclear and ballistic missile programs", Pence said. Warming ties between the Koreas could complicate Seoul's ties with Washington, which wants to maximize its pressures on Pyongyang.

According to the Blue House, Kim Jong Un wanted to meet Moon "in the near future" and would like him to visit North Korea "at his earliest convenience", his sister told Moon. Of course, if North Korea moves forward with new provocations - such as missile or nuclear tests - all bets are off.

A senior administration official aboard Pence's airplane also told reporters that South Korea and Japan "are solidly with our alliance and the need to continue and intensify economic sanctions".