North Korea, US To Maintain Standoff During Winter Olympics

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Kim Yo-jong a sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the opening ceremony of the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games in the city located some 180 kilometers east of Seoul on Feb. 9

North Korea, US To Maintain Standoff During Winter Olympics

"There has been a thaw in the relationship and a real hope that the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be a moment of true reconciliation and peace".

"Make no mistake about it".

Contrast the coming together of the ice hockey players with the war of words and sabre-rattling between the North and the South's protector-in-chief, the United States, which we have endured over the past 12 months.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook the hand of a smiling Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as he entered the VIP seating section, and again as the Korean athletes marched.

During the meetings, Moon should tell them that the worldwide community will never accept North Korea as a nuclear power. A delegation from North Korea, dressed in identical garb and cheering in careful coordination, watched from an upper deck of the stadium.

North Korea announced it was to send a delegation to Pyeongchang in January after it met its South counterparts in their first high-level talks in more than two years.

"The region's powers are already maneuvering for the next round of brinksmanship regarding North Korea's nuclear and missile programs", Piccoli said in a research note Monday.

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But the fact remains that the Kim regime's principal diplomatic goal is to obtain a guarantee from Washington that there will be no attempt to topple his regime.

The last time a South Korean president invited North Korean officials to the presidential Blue House was in November 2007, when late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun, the political mentor of Moon, hosted then-North Korean premier Kim Yong Il for a luncheon following a meeting between the countries' senior officials.

Forty-six members of its crew were killed in an attack; a South Korean, U.K. and US investigation showed it was carried out by the North.

The Kim regime's real motive was symbolized by a military parade staged on February 8 in Pyongyang.

North Korea's parade on Thursday was held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country's military, and featured hundreds of choreographed soldiers marching in formation, rows of missiles and lines of tanks.

The Japanese government can not afford to sit back and do nothing in response to Kim Yo Jong's visit to South Korea. It will involve 200 other dignitaries, including almost two dozen global leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a ranking official of the Communist Party of China.

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