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Pauline Gross
February 11, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae In had "virtually accepted" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation to Pyongyang, officials said on Saturday (Feb 10), making way for a first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade.

The North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo Jong, who is in the south visiting the Winter Olympic Games, delivered the message during the rare lunch at Seoul's presidential palace. Moon suggested the two Koreas "make it happen" by creating conditions necessary for him to accept the invitation, the spokesman told a news briefing.

They added that Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, the country's foreign minister, Kim Yong Nam, and the South Korean President all gave a warm welcome to the players.

The poor showing didn't stop the sellout crowd from cheering throughout much of the game, the chants led often by North Korea's famous cheering group, and it didn't lessen the import of the event.

"There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program", Pence said in comments carried by CNN.

As First Vice Director of the Central Committee of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, Kim has been an increasingly prominent figure in North Korea's leadership and is considered one of the few people who has earned her brother's absolute trust.

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This has exposed the gaps between Seoul and Washington in how to deal with North Korea.

Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test previous year and said it had developed a missile capable of carrying a warhead to the United States. Analysts say the North's decision to send her to the Olympics shows eagerness to break out from diplomatic isolation by improving relations with the South, which it could use as a bridge for approaching the United States. "The vice president is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions", Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said when asked about the developments.

North Korea's decision to participate has eased tensions after months of saber rattling and missile and nuclear tests that have raised fears it's closer-than-expected to achieving its goal of developing a nuclear weapon that could reach the US mainland.

The two Koreas have a rocky and sometimes violent history at the Blue House.

Two people dressed us as the American and North Korean leaders in a stunt that cause something of a commotion when they appeared in the stands at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on Friday.

"And Dennis Rodman has confirmed this and he's met both of them personally", he added, referring to the former National Basketball Association star who has met with Kim several times. The North, meanwhile, insisted it has "no intention to meet the U.S. side".

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