South and North Korean officials continue exchange during Olympics

Amid Olympic Détente, Pence Snubs North Koreans In Visit To Pyeongchang

"We should firmly keep in mind any talks where denuclearisation is not a precondition only buy North Korea more time to complete its nuclear capabilities while they fool us with their peace offensive façade", said Chang Je-won, spokesman for the Liberty Korea Party.

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of leader Kim Jong-un, became the first member of the Kim dynasty to travel to South Korea, where she conveyed during a meeting an invitation for president Moon to meet in Pyongyang with the North Korean leader.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has stepped up his rhetoric against the North, calling Kim Jong Un "little rocket man" and promising to "totally destroy" North Korea if needed to defend the United States and its allies.

Speaking to the Washington Post's Josh Rogin aboard Air Force Two on his flight home, Pence said the United States would participate in direct talks with North Korea's leadership without preconditions - something experts have long urged the administration to do.

Pence was quoted as describing the approach as "maximum pressure and engagement at the same time".

North Korea's cheerleaders at the Winter Olympics.

Experts say that it is critical for South Korea to get the US and other partners on board in its efforts to turn the current peace mood being created by the Olympics - and the North's participation therein - into meaningful steps to denuclearize the North, a task the foreign ministry is supposed to spearhead going forward.

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Others chanted 'Let's tear Kim Jong-un to death!' while tearing up a picture of the North Korean leader. It was the only documentation on the table on the North Korean side.

If the inter-Korean meeting at the highest level is to be convened in Pyongyang, it would be the first in a decade following the ones in 2000 and 2007, held in the North's capital during the years of the so-called "Sunshine Policy", which marked the closest relations to date between the two countries.

"Kim Jong Un moved away from the original negative stance on the inter-Korean summit and change his stance of holding the summit without conditions", said Cheong.

But conservatives in the South are furious at the initiative, accusing President Moon Jae-in of being a North Korean sympathiser.

A North Korean farmer.

Major protests have erupted in South Korea as activists burn the North's flag.

Even though the pain inflicted on North Korea by the United States and worldwide community looks to be bearing fruit, few experts project a good outcome.

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