Moon called for efforts to “create the right conditions to realise” such a visit, his spokesman said, urging Pyongyang to more actively seek dialogue with the US.
But Schoff said that by pouring cold water on hopes for better inter-Korean relations, Pence’s stance could be viewed as critical of Moon’s outreach to North Korea. Warming ties between the Koreas could complicate Seoul’s ties with Washington, which wants to maximize its pressures on Pyongyang.
Pence’s tweeted day-after position: “The U.S. will not allow the propaganda charade by the North Korean regime to go unchallenged on the world stage”.
At the Blue House meeting, the delegations shared a lunch of dried pollack dumpling soup, a regional speciality of the only divided province on the Korean peninsula, and soju, a spirit popular on both sides of the heavily militarised border.
South Korea says the artists will return to the North on Tuesday by a land route.
The unified North and South Korea team’s historic debut against Switzerland, who won bronze in 2014 at Sochi, came just 24 hours after the opening ceremony was marked by signs of unity between the two nations.
“North Korea is skilfully driving a wedge between the U.S., Japan and South Korea”.
“But the Olympic moment that President Moon is trying to generate here is not a time to nurse those grievances”, Jannuzi said. The official added that Pence does not believe that the invitation dilutes the toughness of the United States pressure campaign on North Korea.
Moon was invited to a summit with Kim, even as the U.S. warned against falling for Pyongyang’s Olympic charm offensive.
Earlier on Friday, Pence said Moon gave his backing to additional measures the United States is planning to try to curb North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, speaking after paying tribute at a South Korean memorial.
“I thought things would be unusual and very different, but I found a lot of things being similar”, Kim said while proposing a toast at Sunday’s dinner, according to Moon’s office.
Howard had previously gained attention when he made a decision to cosplay as Kim Jong Un at a marathon event in Hong Kong back in 2013.
Kim’s presence at the Olympics has presented people in South Korea and beyond with something new to know about North Korea. North Korea has jumped at the opportunity.
President Donald Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un have engaged in a series of personal insults. “It will be hard for the allies to resume their military exercises during summit planning”.
It marked the first such event by North Korean performers in the South since August 2002.
Additionally, the vice president only stood for Team USA, making sure to remain seated when the combined teams of North and South Korea appeared together.
Pence was scheduled to leave for the United States on Saturday night. Moon and Abe met Friday hours before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
But the vice president’s team saw it differently.