North Korea's Kim invites Moon to Pyongyang for summit

North and South Koreans marching together under a unified peninsula flag gave Thomas Bach goosebumps, the International Olympic Committee president told Reuters on Saturday.

In the front row of the grandstand, United States' Vice-President Mike Pence stood to wave and applaud the U.S. team as they made their circuit of the stadium.

The invitation, delivered by Kim's visiting sister Kim Yo Jong, said Kim was willing to meet the South's leader "at the earliest date possible", said a spokesman for the presidential Blue House.

Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence sat in South Korean President Moon Jae-in's box for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games.

A senior administration official aboard Pence's airplane also told reporters that South Korea and Japan "are solidly with our alliance and the need to continue and intensify economic sanctions".

Pence had told Seoul in advance that he would be dining with United States athletes soon afterwards "so his seat was not prepared accordingly", the spokesman said.

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The vice president and North Koreans are not expected to interact Saturday during events in Pyeongchang, according to a second USA official. Park Jong-ah of South Korea and Jong Su-Hyon of North Korea shared the honor of handing the torch to Korean Olympic hero Kim, Yuna.

On the other hand, however, North Korea's goal could be to drive a wedge between the US and South Korea.

"By sending the sister to South Korea and seeking a visit by the president, North Korea is probably trying to give the impression that it's taking the lead on dialogue", another source close to the government said.

At a glittering but sub-zero ceremony, South and North Korea brought the crowd to its feet as they entered behind the blue-and-white Korean unification flag.

At the United Nations in September, President Donald Trump vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea if it launches an attack on the United States.

Moon said the two countries should "make it happen" and urged the North to restart negotiations with the U.S. The North Koreans had met with Abe at the earlier reception and with Moon.

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