Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the North Korean leader, was in the south for the Winter Olympics amid a recent detente between the two neighbors, despite escalating tensions over the North's weapons program previous year and pressure from Seoul's allies in Washington. Wearing a black coat and with her hair pulled back, she presents a marked contrast to the ceremonial head of North Korea's government - the often expressionless Kim Yong Nam, 90.
The official said Pence and Moon did not discuss the North Koreans' invitation to Moon for a summit in Pyongyang, which would set the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in 10 years.
If Moon accepts Kim's offer to come to the North, it will be the third summit meeting between the two Koreas.
But the fans of this joint Korean women's hockey team, a team that was created by politicians at the 11th hour as part of North Korea's participation in these Winter Olympics, were not expecting much on the ice. The parties have also reiterated their desire to boost cooperation and dialogue between Pyongyang and Seoul.
Kim Eui-kyeom, South Korean president's spokesman, said at a news conference in Seoul on Saturday that the North Korean delegation delievered the invitation letter at a landmark high-level meeting at the presidential palace in Seoul. Some burned North Korean flags and photos of Kim Jong Un at the rally.
North Korea's leader, Kim, once dismissed as an inexperienced figurehead, has quickly built a reputation as a ruthless dictator at home and a wily strategist in handling North Korea's external enemies. US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership traded insults as tensions rose.
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Kim Yo Jong, 30, is the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Moon can only visit North Korea on one condition - that Kim agrees once and for all to give up his nuclear weapons.
"We would like to see you at an early date in Pyongyang", Kim Yo Jong told Moon during the lunch, according to another Blue House official.
Sarah Murray, the Canadian coach of the Korean team, said she and her staff have intentionally played down the historic nature of the team since the players are facing enough challenges with the late addition of the North Korean players.
Trump has at times questioned the objective of further talks with the North after years of negotiations by previous USA administrations failed to halt the North's weapons programmes.
Vice President Pence, who led the US delegation to the Olympics and sat nearby Kim Jong Un's sister during the opening ceremony emphasized that for dialogue to take place with North Korea it must commit to taking nuclear weapons out of use. One mother told her daughter she would kidnap her to keep her off the plane. Kim Jong Il's sushi chef, Kenji Fujimoto, nicknamed them North Korea's "Prince" and "Princess" due to their upbringing and closeness to the former North Korean leader. They also made plans to attend a concert together on Sunday, to see a North Korean orchestra perform in Seoul. That, predictably, was the image that North Korea's main newspaper put on its front pages.
Moon made it clear that the issue was an internal affair and that it was inappropriate for Abe to have brought up the matter, Reuters reported.