South Korean envoys plan to meet with Kim Jong Un on a rare two-day visit to Pyongyang that's expected to focus on how to ease a standoff over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
President Moon Jae-in has taken advantage of the Olympics to advance a proposal for a U.S.-North Korean deal.
In a show of unexpected unity, North and South Korea sit side by side under fireworks that represent peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games open in South Korea.
This administration, like its post-Cold War predecessors, has one way out of the crisis: real negotiations.
North Korea has a history of provoking and then pursuing dialogue with rivals Seoul and Washington in an attempt to win concessions.
On his first day on the peninsula, the president again pushed Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons but sounded optimistic, saying “ultimately, it’ll all work out.”
"It is imperative that Pyongyang and Washington find some way to ease the escalating tension and reach a lasting, peaceful agreement," the former president writes.
The secretary of state says China is working hard to convince Pyongyang to re-enter talks but did not say what form those should take.
The intermediate-range weapon is fired over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean.
Treasury official Marshall Billingslea says both countries "must do much more" to implement and enforce sanctions.