/North Korea praises South after delegates return from Olympic visit

North Korea praises South after delegates return from Olympic visit

Diplomatic rapprochement between the 2 Koreas continued to be the sideshow on the Winter Olympics on Tuesday, after North Korean chief Kim Jong Un praised the South’s “very spectacular” and “honest efforts” in welcoming his delegation to host metropolis of Pyeongchang.

The success of the delegation’s three-day go to to the Video games had reaffirmed the significance of boosting the “heat local weather of reconciliation and dialogue” between the 2 sides, the North’s state-run KCNA company reported Kim as saying.

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“After receiving the delegation’s report, Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over it and mentioned that very spectacular have been the options of the south aspect which specifically prioritized the go to of the members of the DPRK aspect who took half within the Winter Olympics,” KCNA mentioned.

After months of rebuffing invites from Seoul to attend the Olympics, Pyongyang carried out an about-face on the flip of the yr.

The delegation included the North Korean leader’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, who turned the primary member of the North’s ruling dynasty to step foot within the South since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict.

There, she captured worldwide headlines by shaking hands with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, cheering on the joint Korean ice hockey group with him and increasing her brother’s invitation to an upcoming summit in Pyongyang.

Such an inter-Korea summit, which might be the primary since 2007 ought to it go forward, would comply with months of international tensions and sanctions over Pyongyang’s weapons program. These tensions have been solely ratcheted up additional on the again of a number of fiery exchanges of phrases between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

Dialogue and future relations

KCNA additionally reported that Kim Jong Un wished to construct on the newly established rapprochement and arrange the circumstances that will enable for a resumption in diplomatic dialogue.

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Kim had “set forth intimately the orientation of the advance of the north-south relations and gave vital directions to the related area to take sensible measures for it,” KCNA reported.

South Korea, in the meantime, mentioned on Monday its first order as a part of any future dialogue with its neighbor can be to push forward with a proposal to reunite households separated by the Korean Conflict.

dm/se (AP, AFP, dpa)