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North Korean media print pictures of South's Moon

AFP  |  Seoul 

South Korean Moon made a rare appearance in the North's today, with four pictures of him in the Sinmun, the official mouthpiece of the

As ever, its front page lead story was on the activities of leader -- in this instance, being given a gift by Zimbabwe's


But it carried seven front page pictures on the departure from and arrival in of its diplomatic delegation to the Winter Olympics, led by of state and including the leader's sister Kim Yo Jong.

Inside, it had seven more pictures of their meetings with Moon and the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang -- four of them featuring the South Korean leader, who was described as

It is extremely unusual for the paper to show a picture of a Southern leader, and rare for them to be referred to as president, usually being described as or some other title.

have driven a rapid rapprochement on the Korean peninsula, where fears of a new conflict mounted last year as the nuclear-armed North carried out a series of missile tests and its most powerful atomic blast to date.

Critics -- among them US Vice and Japanese -- warn of a charm offensive by Pyongyang, which mounted a military parade on Thursday in a show of strength.

The North's official Agency also referred to Moon as president.

and were the first individuals mentioned in its report on the opening ceremony, saying that they took their places on the platform at the event.

"Present there were members of a high-level delegation of the DPRK and its delegation, art troupe and cheering group," it went on.

Moon did not appear until the fifth paragraph: "Attending it were President In and personages of political and social circles of "

But it made no mention of US President Mike Pence, who was seated in the same box as Moon and the two North Koreans.

"Spectators broke into cheers and applause" when the North and South Korean athletes entered the arena together behind a unification flag, it added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 13:35 IST
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