North Korea's attendance at the Winter Olympics came as a surprise development after a year of increasing tensions between Pyongyang and the worldwide community over its nuclear ambitions and repeated missile tests.
A Kim Jong Un impersonator cheers in front of North Korean cheerleaders during the final period of the women's preliminary round ice hockey match between Unified Korea and Japan during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, South Korea on Wednesday.
He did not elaborate and may have been referring to a remark by US Vice-President Mike Pence on his flight back to Washington from the Games.
"They just feel like any other athlete, any other competitor, and it's really cool to see the Olympics do that", he told a news conference.
Ryom and Kim fell a tad short of their free-skate goal, but the skaters and Marcotte were clearly excited by their performance.
South Korea and organizers also have had to perform diplomatic acrobatics of their own to accommodate the visitors without violating economic sanctions aimed at punishing the North for its nuclear and missile development in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
The report added that Kim Jong Un gave "important instructions" for possible measures to maintain the atmosphere of conciliation and dialogue without offering more details.
A picture released by the agency shows Mr Kim flanked by his sister and the North's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, both linking arms with him.
Every detail of Kim's visit to the South as the key member of the North Korean diplomatic delegation to the Winter Olympics was scrutinised, from the clothes she wore and her facial expression to the bag she was carrying and even her handwriting.
The two states have never signed a peace treaty and are in a constant state of mutual distrust.
Most of the North Koreans stayed at luxury hotels in Seoul and near the Olympics venue almost throughout their visit, including the five-star Grand Walkerhill in western Seoul that has previously hosted celebrities including Paris Hilton and Michael Jackson. And we are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions.
Kim waved cheerfully to them with her ski poles as she made her way off the course.
In response to a question about Kim Jong Un's intentions and strategy, Harris did not hesitate to share his view. Necks craned and mobile phones were held aloft to catch a glimpse. "But talking is not negotiation - talking is understanding one another", he said.
She has given the secretive regime a human face. It's a bad regime, ' he said.
"I'm definitely not a hero", said Griffin, one of half a dozen North American players with Korean heritage in the team. Frankly when you go to North Korea, you have these guys who are drop dead gorgeous.
"I leave here very confident that we are going to continue to do the things we know have to be done to continue to pressure North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions", Pence also said.
Mr Pence stressed the United States would continue imposing sanctions and putting pressure on Pyongyang.
"The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization", the Post quoted Pence as saying.
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