HEADLINE Moon welcomes North’s Olympic presence, cagey on Pyongyang visit

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Moon welcomes North’s Olympic presence, cagey on Pyongyang visit

By Lu Wen'ao | People's Daily app

17:42, February 17, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is surrounded by reporters as he pays a visit to the Main Press Center of the Pyeongchang Olympics Feb. 17, 2018. (Video: Lu Wen'ao / People's Daily app)

Pyeongchang (People’s Daily) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in said it is still too early to discuss his visit to Pyongyang, but is happy to have North Korea participate in the Winter Olympics. 

“Yes, I know there are many expectations, but it is still too early (to discuss),” Moon said through an interpreter. 

North Korea’s leader Kim Jung-un has invited Moon to visit Pyongyang in a letter earlier this month.  

During a visit to the Main Press Center of the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday,  Moon welcomed the North's participation in the Olympics, saying that it has helped ease tensions between the two countries.

Athletes from the two Koreas marched together under a Korean Peninsula flag at the Olympics opening ceremony, while a North Korean cheerleader troupe often stole the show of athletes during the Games.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks to reporters at the Main Press Center of of the Pyeongchang Olympics, Feb. 17, 2018. (Photo: Lu Wen'ao / People's Daily app)

“There have been many achievements in inter-Korean talks, and I hope that will lead to the improvement of inter-Korean relations,” Moon said through an interpreter. 

“There is slowly but gradually growing common sense for a dialogue between the US and North Korea,” Moon added. “We hope the dialogue between the Koreas will lead to the dialogue between the US and North Korea.” 

Moon’s visit to the media center created buzz among journalists. 

He thanked the media for covering the Olympic Games which is in full swing, before wishing a happy new year to the journalists as the day marks the second day of  the lunar new year, which is celebrated not only in Korea but also in China.

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