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Pence will use Olympics to push tougher stance on North Korea

12 February 2018

She then watched the unified Korean women's hockey team lose its first match against Switzerland by a final score of 8-0.

"All broke out in broad smiles", AP notes and adds that Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, was at the opening ceremony with North Korea's nominal head of state, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam.

In its first reports about the Games, North Korea's state-run media slammed U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday for what it called "shameful" and "snobbish" behavior not in line with the spirit of the Olympics.

While President Trump and Vice President Pence proceed to use severe rhetoric when discussing relations with North Korea, the governments of the two Koreas are continuing to take diplomatic steps to ease tensions that have existed between them for decades. So, I think the fact that Kim Jong-Un was willing to send his younger sister to South Korea the first time that a family member of the Kim Jong-Un party set foot in South Korea, I think by itself is very significant.

"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", Pence told reporters during the return flight to the United States.

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She was accompanied by Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's ceremonial head of state.

"With respect to the vice president's trip to the Olympics and whether there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea, I think we'll just see", Tillerson said, according to The Washington Post.

The North Korean officials were received by Moon's chief of staff.

The Trump administration has discouraged South Korea from engaging with the North, which has been subjected to increasingly tough worldwide sanctions, unless it shows clear signs of giving up its nuclear weapons programme.

Wearing matching uniforms of red, the "army of beauties", as they have been dubbed in South Korea, performed perfectly synchronised routines and songs from the stands, much to the amusement of the crowds and press.

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If Moon accepts Pyongyang's invitation and meets with the North Korean leader, it would be the 3rd inter-Korean summit.

Saturday's meeting follows a brief encounter between the two parties Friday at the Olympics Opening Ceremony, in which Moon twice shook hands with Kim Yo Jong.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited Moon to visit Pyongyang.

The Winter Olympics are underway after a vibrant opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday.

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During Saturday's meeting, Moon also called for the North to step forward to engage in talks with the U.S. Moon said he wanted to "create the environment for that to be able to happen", according to the office.

Pence will use Olympics to push tougher stance on North Korea