S. Korean, DPRK athletes march together at Winter Olympics opening ceremony

After S. Korea visit, Pence insists 'no daylight' on North

S. Korean, DPRK athletes march together at Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Le Drian also said that France will be making preparations to host President Moon's visit to his country and that French President Macron is also expected to visit South Korea this year.

The Winter Games are being staged only 80km (50 miles) from the border with North Korea, which is technically still at war with the South since their 1950-1953 war ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty. It's doing a lot of unnecessary damage by going overboard with undermining Seoul's initiative.

That's what Pence tells reporters flying back with him to the United States from the Olympics in South Korea.

North Korea's overtures to the South have included sending as part of its delegation Kim Yo Jong, the current leader's younger sister, who is thought to be one of his closest advisers.

A White House official said that, although Moon did not discuss the invitation with Pence on Saturday, the South Korean president made it very clear that only when North Korea actually starts to take steps to denuclearise would anyone even consider beginning to take the pressure off.

Athletes from South Korea and the DPRK had marched together for the first time at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000. The North Korean orchestra will return home on Monday after their second and last performance on Sunday.

"Let us make it happen by creating the necessary conditions in the future", he was quoted as saying.

Thousands of people and several heads of states attended the opening ceremony of the game.

The report could not immediately be confirmed, but pictures showed both Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong at Seoul railway station taking a high-speed train to Gangneung - along with the South's unification minister, who is in charge of relations with the North.

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

Japanese editorials sounded a similar warning, saying dialogue would be meaningless unless it led to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

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