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Pence Avoids 'Interaction' with North Korean Officials at Olympics

Pence Avoids 'Interaction' with North Korean Officials at Olympics

She was the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South, while Kim Yong-nam was the most senior North Korean official to make a cross-border trip.

The Korean peninsula has been divided since the 1950-53 war and the two sides have never signed a peace treaty.

USA vice-president Mike Pence made only a brief appearance at a reception marking the start of the Winter Olympics on Friday, avoiding a potentially awkward encounter with the ceremonial leader of North Korea attending the same event.

"Samsung Electronics delivered over 4,000 Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition - a special edition of Galaxy Note8 - to the IOC and Pyeongchang Organizing Committee".

Moon has been trying to use the games as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea after a period of diplomatic stalemate and eventually pull it into talks over resolving the global standoff over its nuclear program.

Kim Jong Un himself has not left North Korea or met any head of state since 2011 - the year he became the country's leader after the death of his father.

She adds that some are also speculating that Ms Kim might be bringing a message from her brother.

Tensions have been high on the peninsula since past year when the North staged its sixth and most powerful nuclear blast and test-fired intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMS) capable of reaching the United States mainland.

Today alone, the athletes will march together, the leaders will lunch together.

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Alongside 22 athletes, Pyongyang has sent more than 400 delegates to the Games, including a team of cheerleaders and an orchestra.

The announcement - following months of cajoling by Seoul - is seen as a bid to defuse tensions and seek a loosening of the sanctions against it.

Organisers of South Korea's Winter Olympics apologised to the Iranian team before Friday's opening ceremony for what they called a misunderstanding over gifts of Samsung mobile phones.

Many observers believe this is a strategic move by Kim Jong-un to instigate an easing of worldwide sanctions which are starting to have a real impact on the North.

US officials have not ruled out the possibility that the vice president might meet a North Korean official at the Olympics.

Pence stood to welcome the USA athletes as the Korean pop hit Gangnam Style blared around the stadium, sparking the "Horse Dance" in the crowd and among the volunteers.

The event unveiled a new short-range missile, which is based on the Russian Iskander ballistic missile but also shares many features of South Korea's Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile, according to Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Moon held a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, during which they discussed the North Korea standoff and the sensitive issue of "comfort women", a euphemism for girls and women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels.


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