Korea OK's $2.6 mil. budget for North's Olympic visit

Korea OK's $2.6 mil. budget for North's Olympic visit

Despite recent comments hinting at a potential dialogue between the US and North Korea, Washington remains firm that any talks must be predicated on ending Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development programs.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in extended the invitation to North Korea athletes, supporters and officials cool tensions that have been mounting on the peninsula.

In an interview before the games began, his foreign minister, Taro Kono, told me he was anxious South Koreans could be taken in by the North's "charm offensive".

Earlier South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon had hosted a lunch for the Pyongyang delegation at a five-star hotel.

A final number for the total payment of all the North Koreans who visited during the Olympics will be disclosed at a later time, said ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun in a briefing.

The pair posed for photos in the main stadium while the real Kim's sister - Kim Yong Nam - watched from a balcony reserved for world leaders and dignitaries. There have been two inter-Korean summits so far, one in 2000 and an another in 2007.

South Korea has approved a plan to pay the cost of hosting North Korea's delegation to the Winter Olympics.

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In December, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to start talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, but the State Department later said there would first have to be a "period of calm" in which Pyongyang suspends testing before any negotiations could begin.

Japan carried the day on Wednesday when the long-time national rivalry with its North Asian neighbours North and South Korea spilled onto Olympic ice, topping Korea's unified women's ice hockey team 4-1 before thousands of delirious Korean fans.

Loud applause greeted the appearance of Moon, Kim Yo Jong and her delegation at the concert, attended by more than a thousand people.

"If you are a (North Korean) woman in your late 20s".

The official media of North Korea has praised the importance of the historic trip to the South of a delegation that included the sister of the regime's supreme leader, and says the visit paves the way for peace. "I just want to see the game, so what's the problem?" While the U.S shows new openness to engaging with the regime, the administration has not changed its course of keeping the pressure on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The New Year ushered in a lot of "new" resolutions and goals from individuals. "As a president, it's all I can ask for", joked Howard.

So the Americans were brought over to try out for South Korea's team a few years ago as the country scoured through colleges across North America, looking for ethnic Korean players as it scrambled to assemble a team good enough to avoid humiliation at the Olympics.