Pence's bid to isolate North Korea at Olympics falls flat


The group included Kim Yong Nam, who is the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, and Kim Yo Jong - the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

On Saturday, Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates will have lunch with Moon at the presidential Blue House.

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 US, according to Kim Eui-kyeom.

It turns out, the two impersonators were dressed as President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. The team plays Switzerland on Saturday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has smiled and shaken hands with North Korea's 90-year-old nominal head of state as they attended a VIP reception before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

But Schoff said that by pouring cold water on hopes for better inter-Korean relations, Pence's stance could be viewed as critical of Moon's outreach to North Korea.

The visual was important, a USA official said.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is also in Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony.

Mr Pence had kept open the possibility for some contact with the North Koreans in South Korea, while reiterating Washington's insistence that denuclearisation by North Korea is a necessary condition for permanent peace.

They were seated not far from a section of North Korean cheerleaders who are attending the Olympics in a sign of warming ties between the two Koreas that Pence and other USA officials have warned against.

Shortly after North Korea invited the South Korean leader, Pence's office issued a statement. The Koreas could potentially talk about a South Korean special envoy meeting Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang or even a summit between Moon and Kim.

The U.S. has given mixed signals about its willingness to talk.

Diplomatic sources with deep knowledge of North Korea's activities told CNN that despite outwardly positive signs and indications of a "charm offensive" from Pyongyang, what's "unclear and bizarre" is there has not been any concurrent diplomatic movement from North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They stressed the North Koreans in the VIP box had watched Pence, Moon and Abe hold a running discussion in the front row for the more than two-hour ceremonies.

Providing fuel to the ferry would have been a hard decision for Seoul because of concerns that North Korea is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in worldwide sanctions against the country over its nuclear and missile programs.