Koreas share historic handshake at Olympics opening led by Greek team

Koreas unite for Olympics while Washington bangs drums of war

South Korea said Saturday North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited Mr. Moon for a summit in the North. Mr. Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, verbally delivered the offer at a luncheon with Mr. Moon at Seoul's presidential palace, the Blue House.

Following the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, a number of mainstream media outlets have published pieces that have painted North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister in a positive light.

About the necessary "preparations" for a summit, the Blue House said the two countries should work toward the swift restoration of their relationship, and toward early dialogue between North Korea and the U.S.

The U.S., on the other hand, led by Trump and Pence, isn't making much of an effort to embrace all the recent attempts at diplomacy with North Korea.

Pence also spent time at the Cheonan Memorial Friday, to honor a ship sunk by a North Korean torpedo attack in 2010.

But the overture also has the potential to divide South Korea from the U.S., its main military ally. The Pences, seated next to Moon and just a row ahead of Kim and the North's 90-year-old nominal head of state, remained in their seats, unsmiling.

Other members of the North's high-level delegation will be present for the concert, including the North's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam.

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Mr Pence seeks to counter what he called North Korean "propaganda" around the Winter Olympics, and is eager to put a reality check on the thaw in relations between the Koreas in advance of the Games.

North Korea has a track record of reaching out in talks following previous crises on the divided peninsula only to pull out after wresting concessions and aid from the West and analysts cautioned the rapprochement with the South may be short-lived.

The vice president's visit was also marked by bad blood between Pence and some USA athletes.

"As President Trump has said, the cruel dictatorship of North Korea is little more than a prison state", Pence said.

The first few days of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games have already revealed the softer side of the North's effort to woo the South and soften the resolve of the US and its allies.

And Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency focussed on the team and the North Korean cheerleaders rather than the 8-0 defeat - mentioning neither the outcome nor the score in its dispatch.

Athletes from both Koreas entered the arena under a flag depicting a unified Korea as American Vice-President Mike Pence and Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, watched on from a VIP box.

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