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Pence, Moon speak while watching speedskating

11 February 2018

Moon responded to the invitation by suggesting the two countries "should accomplish this by creating the right conditions", adding that talks between North Korea and the United States were also needed, and requested that North Korea be more active in talking with the U.S., according to Kim Eui-kyeom.

Although some White House aides were leery that the arrangement could produce less-than-ideal optics for Pence, there was no concerted effort to lobby their Korean counterparts for a change, in part out of fear of upsetting the Olympic hosts, said one administration official.

After months of silence on whether it would even take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, which had their opening ceremony Friday, nuclear-armed North Korea has gone on a charm offensive, dispatching athletes, performers, and Kim's sister plus other diplomatic delegates to the South.

Vice President Pence, so close and yet so far from North Korea's Kim Jong Yo.

But Pence has not let up on the tough rhetoric he's been delivering since arriving in Asia.

"We have some players that are not 100 percent healthy yet", she said.

US Vice President Mike Pence meets a North Korean defector on Friday.

North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, Choe Hwi, the chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son-gwon, the head of the North's state agency in charge of inter-Korean affairs, were also in attendance. He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government.

Officials traveling with Pence said it would be fair to characterize his failure to interact with the North Koreans as a mutual decision, with neither side making any public overtures.

North Korea's military generals, high-ranking officials and even members of the ruling Kim family are subject to periodic purges under the rule of leader Kim Jong Un.

You could cut the tension with a ginsu knife as Mike Pence and his wife Karen sat observing the Winter Olympic festivities while Kim Yo Jong appeared to be every bit as bitter cold as the Pyeongchang clime they overlooked.

"We have to be unified (with North Korea)".

One Twitter user wrote: 'Why did South Korea choose to light the Olympic torch with some sort of flaming robot penis?'

The Korean women's hockey team, the first in Olympic history to combine players from North and South, took the ice Saturday night for their debut game in front of a raucous, sellout crowd on another historic night mixing sports and politics on an global stage. They were also served North Korean-style fermented fish and white "kimchi" or fermented cabbage.

A North-South Olympics detente has raised concerns in Washington and Tokyo that Seoul may ease up on the "maximum pressure" campaign by the United States and its allies to rein in North Korea. "It's only when they get off the ice and they realize that all the media are here to talk to them that we're not just one team competing in the Olympics".

Pence, Moon speak while watching speedskating