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Korean leader invites S. Korea's Moon to the North-president's office

Korean leader invites S. Korea's Moon to the North-president's office

"N$3 o pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization", Pence told Rogin.

Meanwhile, Trump urged Russian Federation to do more in urging North Korea to scrap its nuclear programme, the White House said on Monday, aimed at intensifying the pressure campaign on Pyongyang. Moon may have the support of some countrymen for a rapprochement with the North, but he's still bound by ties to the US as South Korea's key ally and protector. Kim and Ryom were the only athletes to compete under their country's flag; North Korea's hockey players are competing as part of a unified Korean team.

Kim Jong-un met the members of the high-level delegation who returned from their three-day visit to South Korea for the Winter Olympics games yesterday (Feb 12). However, he also noted that the USA would not be letting up sanctions until North Korea pursues denuclearization.

Kim Jong Un also expressed "satisfaction" over their visit and said efforts made by Seoul to prioritise their visit were "very impressive" including their "sincere efforts" for which he gave his gratitude, the Korean Central News Agency said.

The rogue nation unexpectedly opened up to diplomatic talks with Seoul weeks before the start of the games in what experts have interpreted as part of a "charm offensive" to defuse tensions with the global community.

Pence called it "maximum pressure and engagement at the same time". Mr Moon would irritate Mr Trump if he accepts the invitation, while declining would make the US and South Korea appear "unreasonably bellicose", he said.

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Kim Yo Jong has received positive headlines from CNN, The New York Times, Reuters and other media outlets, while North Korea's human rights abuses - including the detention of several American citizens - are largely ignored.

Meanwhile, Pence is making clear that the United States will keep escalating sanctions pressure on the North until it takes clear steps toward giving up its nukes.

Such a meeting, if it came about, would mark the first inter-Korea summit since 2007.

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Japanese officials took pains to stress there was no daylight between Japan, the US and South Korea on their approach to dealing with North Korea.

South Korean media closely documented every move and gesture of the North Korean leader's younger sister, commenting on everything from the purse she carried to her writing style in a message she left in the presidential palace guest book.