US VP Pence skips Olympic dinner: Seoul


A top North Korean official seemed to rule out a potential meeting with US officials in the North's state-run media on Thursday, but Pence suggested to reporters that it was still a possibility. That sentiment was on display Saturday: In addition to Kim Yo Jong, Moon also hosted Kim Yong Nam, the ceremonial head of North Korea's government. It was the rivals' first joint Olympic march since 2007.

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.

Moon's office said he told Abe that the talks between the Koreas would not disrupt global efforts to deal with North Korea's nuclear program.

"The two Koreas may have the same ethnic background, but have gone totally separate ways for such a long time without barely any interaction, so there can be misunderstandings over trivial things", he told Reuters.

The sheet included word comparisons for commonly used goods and services, a hotel official said. "We are all touched by this wonderful gesture". It's virtually impossible for anyone on the outside to predict the motives of the North Korean regime, but for now, the more hopeful among us will have to be content with the chance of peace.

In return North Korea's dear leader today invited President Moon to talks in Pyongyang, in a hand-written leader delivered by his sister.

She is the first member of the Kim dynasty to visit South Korea since the Korean War, in a move many experts say may have lasting political implications.

Pence says the US and South Korea are "completely aligned".

On Friday night, the North and South Koreans walked together in Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. Still, North Korea has shown no signs it's willing to discuss Its negotiators protested last month when South Koreans raised the issue during talks over the Olympics, a line North Korea's state-run media has reiterated.

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Before Pence arrived, Moon's office announced he will meet with Kim Yo Jong , the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un . She also delivered a personal invitation from Kim Jong-Un for President Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea sometime this year.

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There will be plenty of sporting drama for both die-hard snow and ice junkies and the once-every-four-years enthusiast. Will Patrick Chan of Canada hit his quad jumps and claim figure skating glory? Will the past and present star of American skiing, Lindsey Vonn, be surpassed by the likely future of the sport, Mikaela Shiffrin?

Acknowledging that the team's composition was the result of a political statement, Murray said that now the Olympics have begun, it's time to compete as a team. The torch-lighting is always impressive, and is significant because it officially marks the beginning of the Games.

That number could rise depending on the latest judgement by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on more than 40 Russian athletes hoping to have their lifetime Olympic bans overturned.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a high-level delegation attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

She and her husband assured their daughter, Yohana, that they'd never take her into danger.

Pyeongchang was not supposed to share the spotlight with Pyongyang.

Moon's desire to engage North Korea was in contrast to his USA ally.

And so, with a little help from a liberal South Korean president eager to engage Pyongyang, the 2018 Pyeongchang Games open.

Playing hockey is all they can do. After Kim arrived at Incheon Airport and met with the Korean unification minister, Kim Yong Nam gestured for her to take the center seat at the table - leading many South Korean news outlets to conclude that she's essentially her brother's second in command. What's certain is that these Games, more so than any in recent memory, are about far more than sports.