BREAKING NEWS, 6:48 pm: The North Korean delegation to the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics said Pyongyang is "ready to hold talks with the United States," South Korea's presidential candidate Blue House said Sunday night. This happened after a one-hour meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea's main representative, Kim Yong Chol, in PyeongChang.
North Korea agreed that intra-Korean relations with relations between North Korea and the United States should "improve together," the Blue House said.
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As with the opening ceremonies, both the United States and North Korea have sent high-level delegations to the closing ceremonies of the Games. The US delegation is led by Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and adviser, while the North Korean group is led by Kim Yong Chol, a former spy chief accused of involving 50 Koreans in 2010
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The White House has said that Trump has no plans to meet with any North Koreans during her visit, and she has repeated the government's line about and "maximum pressure" on the ki m regime exercised.
But the White House has not ruled out the prospect of an American official meeting with a representative of the North Korean regime
However, Trump's trip – the official White House directive – was ignored – is Allison Hooker, the director of the National Security Council Korea, who previously worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Korea
Hooker accompanied James R. Clapper Jr., then National Security Director, to Pyongyang in 2014 to secure the release of two Americans detained by the North Korean regime. They met with Kim Yong Chol, who at that time was the head of the military intelligence service of the North and is now Deputy Chairman of a major Communist Party committee dealing with relations between Korea.
When Kim Yong Chol arrived in South Korea on Sunday, he was accompanied by a surprising figure: Choe Kang Il, Deputy Director of the Department of American Affairs in the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Choe has participated in talks with former American officials in recent years, including at a security forum in Switzerland last September. His boss in the Department of American Affairs is said to have a direct connection to Kim Jong Un.
Now Hooker and Choe, bureaucrats on a similar level, who are dealing with similar issues, are in South Korea at the same time – the possibility of a meeting to increase.
"There is no reason for Allison Hooker to come, nor is there any reason for Choe Kang Il to be here," said John Delury Professor of International Relations at Yonsei University in Seoul. "They are superfluous for both the Olympic ceremonies and inter-Korean relations."
They would be suitable officials to meet and lead a "preparatory discussion" – not a trial, but a precursor to content discussions, said Delury. "You could and should do this," he said.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who travels with Trump and Hooker to South Korea, said no meetings are planned.
Although recent efforts to convince North Korea has abandoned its nuclear weapons and led multilateral talks, the problem lies between Pyongyang and Washington.
North Korea's antagonism to the outside world is rooted in its hatred of the United States, which has destroyed the country with continued bombing during the Second World War Korean War. This conflict ended in 1953 with a ceasefire signed by the US and not by South Korea for the southern states.
To date, North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons to fend off the United States, and insists that any normalization will require a peace treaty with the United States as a signatory to the ceasefire rather than South Korea  Choe was defiant when He led a North Korean delegation to a meeting organized by Switzerland last September. The US government did not send any officials to the meeting, but two regular US interlocutors with North Koreans – former State Department official Evans Revere and Pacific Forum president Ralph Cossa – visited
Choe sent a strong message to the meeting: North Korea's nuclear weapons were not for discussion.
The arrival of the North Korean delegation was in South Korea controversial various reasons
Kim Yong Chol is widely accused in 2010 Two deadly attacks: a torpedo attack on the Cheonan Corvette that killed 46 South Korean sailors and the shelling of an island that killed four people.
Since then he has been blacklisted by the US and South Korea on suspicion of involvement in the nuclear program. South Korea has renounced its sanctions to allow it to attend the closing ceremonies.
But many conservatives, including legislators of Liberty Korea's largest opposition party, staged a sit-down strike in the demilitarized zone on Saturday The North Korean delegation was to invade the south
They protested against the decision of the progressive government, Kim Yong Chol to leave the south, he called him a "murderer" and vowed to act as a "human shield"
But their efforts were hampered: the delegation crossed a military road on Sunday morning.
The protests continued near the Olympic closing ceremony in PyeongChang, with South Koreans wearing North Korean flags and pictures of leader Kim Jong Un, both with red crosses.
A handful of protesters in Seoul held banners showing President Trump's face and the words: North Korea bomb
The conservative Chosun Ilbo, South Korea's largest newspaper, told the progressive government "By spitting Kim Yong Chol into the country"
"Many South Koreans feel uncomfortable with North Korea at the center of the Winter Olympics," the newspaper wrote in an editorial. "And now, at the closing ceremony of an event celebrating sports and peace, Seoul will roll out the red carpet for a butcher." Has the government not stretched international sanctions enough to accommodate North Korea? "
Analysts pointed out, however, that the Conservatives did not protest when Kim Yong Chol came to South Korea for the Asian Games in 2014 – as conservative President Park Geun-hye in power.
North Korean delegation to stay until Tuesday, Ivanka Trump will leave on Monday.
Moon Jae-in's pro-engagement government in South Korea is trying to use the Olympics as a way to ease tensions between North Korea and the outside world.
When sister Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong came to the opening ceremonies earlier this month, she brought an invitation for Moon to visit Pyongyang. The South Korean leader said he will work to create the "right conditions" for the visit.
Vice President Pence actively avoided Kim Yo Jong during the opening ceremony, even though they were only a few meters apart. But the White House later revealed that they had a plan to meet the day after the opening on February 10, but the North Koreans went back.
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