These displays of unity at the Olympics fill us with hope


Trump has at times questioned the objective of further talks with the North after years of negotiations by previous USA administrations failed to halt the North's weapons programs.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate".

But Moon has also said that he would be willing to meet Kim only if he received assurances from the North that it would help resolve the crisis over the North's nuclear weapons program. Pence was not about to allow an actual breakthrough.

It was the USA that appeared to be the one left in the cold, especially after the sister of the North Korean dictator extended an invitation from her brother for Moon to visit the North.

Other demonstrators anxious the show of unity between the two nations threatened South Korea's democracy.

Kim Yo-jong, 30, is the first member of the North's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the Korean War.

Pence and Moon worked this out during their bilateral meeting Thursday at the Blue House and their joint viewing of speed-skating heats in Pyeongchang on Saturday evening. He said they had.

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A senior U.S. administration official told reporters that Pence did not discuss North Korea's invitation to Moon when the two leaders watched short track speed skating together. Pence asked Moon for his idea of how this engagement could be different.

"The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearisation", Pence was quoted on Sunday as saying. "We are making sure our systems are secure and they are secure".

USA officials have been urging South Korea to be cautious in its rapprochement with the North. At the same time, he is not agreeing to negotiations now.

It has now eclipsed these efforts by unleashing a total of 1,218 Shooting Star drones in South Korea. "He cheered for the United States of America", the official said.

That would give all sides at least a few months to see whether real progress can be made.

North Korea has made clear that it does not intend to negotiate away its nuclear and missile programs in return for relief from worldwide sanctions. That was the clearest sign yet of an expanding diplomatic opening opposed by the Trump administration.

Thirty years later, there have been sporadic protests against the presence of North Koreans in Pyeongchang, although opinion is split.