North Korea willing to hold talks with US, says South

As South Korea brought the curtain down on the Winter Olympics on Sunday, diplomacy got a push with visiting North Korean General Kim Yong-chol expressing Pyongyang’s willingness to hold talks with Washington. Welcoming the move during his talks with Kim, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the talks must be held at an early date to help ease ties between Pyongyang and Seoul. This was the second North-South meeting after Moon met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong soon after the Games opened. No greetings were exchanged between General Kim and the most senior US delegate, Ivank a Trump, who were sitting in the box for visiting dignitaries at the closing ceremony of the Games. Yonhap news agency said Trump kept her eyes well away from the General. US Vice President Mike Pence behave the same way by skipping dinner with Yo-jong and avoiding eye contact with her although she was sitting close behind him at the opening ceremony of the Games. General Vincent Brooks, the commander of US forces in Korea, was also present in the VIP box on Sunday. But there was no handshake or exchange of smiles between the Generals. Moon encouraged sport and diplomacy to go hand in hand during the Winter Games to pave way for bilateral and trilateral talks and to bring lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula.