North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has called for further reconciliatory efforts between North and South Korea, saying that the “warm climate of reconciliation” that began in the Winter Olympics should continue.
The authoritarian leader’s reaction was reported by North Korea’s state-run media. “It is important to continue making good results by further livening up the warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue created by the strong desire and common will of the North and the South with the Winter Olympics as a momentum,” Jong-un said during a meeting with the delegation.
The delegation was led by Kim Yong-nam, chairman of the Presidium of the North Korean assembly, and it included Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, who delivered a letter from her brother to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The letter included an invitation for the South’s leader to visit Pyongyang, the North’s capital.
With her visit, Yo-jong becomes the first member of North Korea’s ruling dynasty to set foot in South Korea since the Korean War. Jong-un also expressed satisfaction, and was very impressed with South Korea’s efforts, thanking them for prioritizing his delegation’s visit.
Meanwhile, the tension between North Korea and the United States continue despite the warming of North-South ties. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who also visited the Winter Olympics, assured that the pressure and sanctions that the United States is imposing on North Korea will continue.
“No pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization,” said Pence. “So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify.”
Pence came face to face with Yo-jong during the opening ceremony of the Olympics, but they did not interact.
On the other hand, the authoritarian nation has officially responded to President Trump’s new nuclear policy. “Those fond of fire are bound to perish in flames and the more attachment to the nukes of tyranny the U.S. has, the more dangerous the security and future of the ‘only superpower’ will be,” said North Korea.