"The Winter Olympic Games gave an opportunity for North and South Korea to get together, shake hands and talk about peace in Korea as opposed to fear, fire and fury, intimidation, bullying and an arms race that the United States brings to the region".
The pair were in fact impersonators who had made their way into the stands for the ceremony before swiftly being shown out by security staff.
If the proposed visit of the South Korean President to the north does take place it will be the first summit between Korean leaders since 2007, and only the third inter-Korean summit to ever take place.
The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the first Games held in South Korea in 30 years, officially opened on Friday with fireworks, song and symbolism featured amid celebrations of light, peace, and harmony.
Pence was seated between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from USA aggression. "But what is more important than anything is that we are together". International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach called it "a very emotional moment", one that gave him "goosebumps".
The overture was conveyed by Kim's sister, Yo Jong, who is now in the South to attend the Winter Olympics, according to Deutsche Welle.
CNN has an in-depth report on how North Korea is making sure the almost 500 members of its Olympic delegation will return home after the competitions are over.
Speaking to reporters during a flight on Saturday, Mr Pence said: "There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programme".
The Asian members of the alliance against North Korea saw eye to eye only on the nuclear issue involving North Korea in the past. But the Trump administration insists any negotiations must include the global community's demands that the North abandon its nuclear weapons program.
He also said the two countries should work closely together to help the North make the right decision.
"The U.S. will not allow the propaganda charade by the North Korean regime to go unchallenged on the world stage".
"It is absolutely necessary for the North and the United States to engage in talks at an early date", he cited Moon as saying.
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