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North Korean media print pictures of South's Moon

Allan Lindsey | 11 February, 2018, 05:32

Washington and Seoul have agreed to suspend their joint military drills until the end of South Korea's Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on March 18, to which North Korea has pledged to send its athletes.

President Donald Trump's administration has taken a hard line on North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program, saying there is no room for negotiations unless Pyongyang abandons it.

In a note she wrote when visiting the presidential office, Kim Yo Jong said "I hope Pyongyang and Seoul will become closer in the hearts of Koreans and will bring unification and prosperity in the near future".

Kim Jo Jong carried a blue folder adorned with a seal, which was later confirmed to have contained a private message from Kim Jong Un himself.

Pence said he and Moon spoke as "friends" and are completely aligned on the need to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea. Moon had said "let's create conditions to make it happen", the official said, an indication that Moon was likely to accept the invitation.

"We filmed a simulation using two fill-in people and showed it to the South Korean and North Korean athletes", Song Seung-whan, executive creative director of the ceremonies, said at a press conference at the Main Press Centre in PyeongChang.

"Before posing together for the photo, President Moon explained the meaning of the art work to Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam", said a presidential aide.

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North Korea's cheer squad opted for perfectly synchronised moves, songs from home and catchy slogans such as "Unify the motherland!". The Korean women's hockey team is also the first in Olympic history to feature players from both countries.

The North and South held summits in Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007.

Vice President Mike Pence is cheering on USA speed skaters at the Winter Olympics, before departing South Korea for Washington on Saturday.

Her exact role in the regime is unclear, but her job is similar to a chief of staff and she regularly reviews the statements and speeches issued by her brother.

The spokesman says Moon also called for a quick resumption of dialogue between the United States and North Korea.

"At any moment, he could have gotten up and left and sat somewhere else, and then you would have had the image of North sitting in the box with South Korea and Japan", the official added.

Moon and Kim Yo Jong broke out broad smiles as they shook hands before the start of the opening ceremony.

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