North Korea: US says 'no daylight' between allies despite warmer ties


"No one else in leadership can bring messages directly to Kim Jong Un".

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

Eleven years ago, the south's Roh Moo-hyun and the north's Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's father, signed an eight-point peace agreement.

Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands took silver, finishing 0.70 seconds behind Lim, while Olympic Athlete from Russia Semen Elistratov won the bronze.

The North's Olympic "detente" is a striking shift in tactics. "VP stands and cheers for USA athletes, VP hangs out with US athletes instead of dining with Kim regime, VP does not applaud N. Korea or exchange pleasantries w/ the most oppressive regime on earth", Agen tweeted, with check marks next to each item. This is her first high-profile worldwide appearance at center stage, though she is technically just a member of a delegation headed by Kim Yong Nam. Later, he skipped a formal dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.

Vice President Mike Pence is cheering on US speed skaters at the Winter Olympics, before departing South Korea for Washington on Saturday.

Two players, one South Korean and the other North Korean, appeared on the opening ceremony and climbed stairs together with the Olympic torch that they handed to Olympic champion figure skater Yuna Kim.

It was an emotionally charged moment.

Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam are on an unprecedented visit to South Korea amid abrupt reconciliation mood between the rival Koreas for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The invitation is a victory for Moon who urged North Korea to participate in the Olympics in the hopes it could lead to broader talks and ease tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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The delegation's most substantive event may come outside of the Olympic ambit on Saturday.

She verbally conveyed Kim's invitation to Moon "to visit the North at his most convenient time", he added. The meeting could turn out to be just a lunch, a photo op or a nicety.

"It opens the door and helps build bridges".

The guests, including leaders of North and South, were invited to pour melted white chocolate on top - and the barbed wire would dissolve.

US Vice President Mike Pence has also dedicated much of his time in South Korea to emphasizing the North's human rights violations, and its status as a rogue nation.

President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to South Korea for playing host a day before the Games began, but had been silent on the topic since.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is famously reclusive.

A few months before the competition began, Korean Air Flight 858 was downed in a bombing later attributed to North Korean agents. They did not find out that the North Koreans were joining them until mid-January, when the rest of the world also heard the news.

On his flight to Alaska on Saturday, the vice president said he left Asia "encouraged that we will continue to work very closely to continue and intensify the maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea.