Kim Jong-un invites South's Moon to Pyongyang

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He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government. Athletes from North and South Korea entered together, wearing matching outfits and waving flags.

Vice President Mike Pence did not deliberately snub North Koreans at an Olympic reception, according to USA officials who pushed back on South Korean reports that Pence deliberately came late to a VIP gathering Friday evening and then snubbed officials from Pyongyang.

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.

An early shot by North Korea's Han Soojin might have made a statement, if not altered the outcome.

Pakistani athletes were welcomed at the opening ceremony of 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korean capital Pyeongchang. "I feel really good and touched", he said.

Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, verbally delivered the invite to Moon on Saturday.

He had served on the National Security Council under Republican president George W. Bush and highly regarded across the political spectrum in Seoul, and had even been approved by South Korea.

North Korean cheerleaders perform their routine in support of the joint Korean women's hockey team, during a game against Switzerland during their Group B contest of the women's hockey tournament at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 10, 2018.

Saturday's lunch at the Blue House, as Moon's presidential compound is known in Korea, came shortly after Moon and Kim Jong Un's sister enthusiastically cheered on a unified Korean team as they walked around a stadium in Pyeongchang.

Kim Yo Jong also attended Saturday's hockey match.

"You went through a lot of trouble braving the cold until late" last night, Moon told the North Koreans, referring to their attendance at the frigid opening ceremonies. The Swiss won 8-0.

The younger Kim's trip to the South marks the first time that a member of the North's ruling dynasty has visited since the Korean War, which ended in an armistice in 1953.

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North Korea sent 22 athletes to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games following its last-minute decision to take part in the quadrennial event. "It doesn't matter!" said Johnny Kim, 36, a hotel owner.

Lisa Jansen was born in South Korea and lived in an orphanage here until she was adopted by an American family. Kim Jong Un and Kim Yo Jong have the same mother, Ko Yong Hui.

Sources told CNN that the sending of ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam and Kim's sibling Kim Yo Jong reads as more of a symbolic act than any concrete diplomatic initiative by North Korea.

This item corrects that Kim Yo Jong is the leader's sister. It would be the first summit in more than a decade between Korean leaders. Normally dressed in blazing red, they paraded in wearing grey and white jackets and seemed - uncommonly for that delegation - quite sedate.

"The two Koreas may have the same ethnic background, but have gone totally separate ways for such a long time without barely any interaction, so there can be misunderstandings over trivial things", he told Reuters.

"When my neighbors panic, I'll panic", she said.

She also plays an important role as an informant for her brother, Gause said.

Sung said security experts were now investigating the incident.

"Kim Yo Jong is the ideal counterpart to this", Hwang said.

South Korea has been using the Pyeongchang Games to break the ice with the reclusive North, which has been trading nuclear threats with the United States recently.

"Chairman Kim Jong Un's envoy Kim Yo-jong delivered a letter expressing a willingness to improve relations", the presidential spokesman said.

"I don't even know which players are who, " Switzerland's Phoebe Staenz said. There's a chance they'll also watch a performance by a visiting North Korean art troupe in Seoul on Sunday before flying back to Pyongyang.