"While delivering a letter from Kim Jong-un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission, which contained his stated willingness to improve South-North Korea relations, special envoy Kim Yo-jong orally delivered Chairman Kim Jong-un's invitation (for Moon) to visit the North at a time convenient to him, saying he is willing to meet President Moon Jae-in at the earliest date possible", the spokeswman told a press briefing.
The sister of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in - and appeared genuinely pleased - while they watched an elaborate show of light, sound and human performance.
Asked about criticism that Pence stood and cheered only for Team USA and stayed seated when the North and South Koreans marched in under a unified flag, the official was unapologetic.
The ceremony's signature moment delivered another flash of unity and deft political stage-managing, too. She actually lit the cauldron as the home crowd roared.
North and South Korea speak the same language based on the Hangeul alphabet, but differences have emerged since the 1950-53 conflict which left the two sides at a technical state of war.
"We are all touched by this wonderful gesture".
Choi and other volunteer helpers at the Games were urged to avoid the topic that another Olympics guest, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, has been eager to address in his public remarks ahead of the opening ceremony: North Korea's arms programme. Speaking to NBC's "Nightly News" on Thursday, the vice president continued to stress that the United States would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland".
As part of his push against North Korean propaganda, Pence attended the short track speed skating with Fred Warmbier, the father of an American student who died a year ago after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months. "The Olympic Games is a symbol of how things might be in the world".
Within days of the request, the roughly 150 staff of the four-star Inje Speedium Hotel & Resort were attending sessions on North Korean words and manners, one of which was taught by a professor who used to teach defectors from the North.
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Fittingly, spectators making their way to Pyeongchang's Olympic Stadium had to enter through a tunnel of light.
With the eyes of the world upon her, she knew she had to be flawless.
The North and South held summits in Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007, both hosted by Kim Jong Il.
Security for anything involving the North Koreans has been exceptionally tight.
The North has sent almost 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games including officials, athletes, artists and cheerleaders after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures to mark the games.
Now, though, it's time for politics to step aside, as 2,952 athletes from 92 countries around the world compete for medals in 102 events.
Pyeongchang was not supposed to share the spotlight with Pyongyang. -South Korea joint exercises planned for April.
Here is a look at the history of inter-Korean summits and their outcomes.
The focus on the U.S.
"It opens the door and helps build bridges. Because in my opinion, they're pretty much the same person". He added his hope that it becomes "a venue that leads to dialogue for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".