Pence didn't snub North Koreans deliberately, officials say

Vice President Mike Pence told reporters aboard Air Force Two on Saturday that there is "no daylight" between the United States, South Korea and Japan in their stances on North Korea after a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics that saw him and South Korean President Moon Jae-in take different positions on the presence of a North Korean delegation.

What was lost to editing was no great loss, although US viewers were deprived of a knowing chuckle from hearing International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach thank the volunteers making the Pyeongchang Games go.

Moon met Kim Yo-jong and the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam for talks and lunch at the Blue House today. The U.S. and the North should quickly resume dialogue, he said.

Pyeongchang Olympics organisers were looking into a disruption of non-critical systems on the day of the opening ceremony but could not yet confirm if it was a cyberattack, Games spokesman Sung Baik-you said on Saturday.

"Chairman Kim Jong Un's envoy Kim Yo-jong delivered a letter expressing a willingness to improve relations", the presidential spokesman said.

Moon watched the unified Korean hockey team take the ice Saturday evening for the first time with Kim.

The Kim sister put her hands to her mouth early in the match when North Korean forward Jong Su Hyon went close.

"We've been told not to talk about nukes or missiles before we came here", Choi said.

"When I heard the North Koreans were going to be on the same team as the South Koreans, I felt it was too good not to come here", Howard said.

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The poor showing didn't stop the sellout crowd from cheering throughout much of the game, the chants led often by North Korea's famous cheering group, and it didn't lessen the import of the event. -South Korean war games that North Korea claims are preparation for invasion.

Many observers remain suspicious of North Korea's intentions, given the regime's history of brutality and aggression.

The last inter-Korean summit was held almost two decades ago.

It wasn't until this week that the world learned Kim Yo Jong would join her nation's Olympic delegation. But as the loss deepened - Korea finally lost to Switzerland 8-0 - it was hard to find a silver lining. "VP stands and cheers for US athletes, VP hangs out with USA 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.

Moon is desperate to use the games as an opportunity to restore regular communication with North Korea and eventually pull it into talks over resolving the global standoff over its nuclear program.

Korean players (in white) scramble to stop Alina Muller of Switzerland from scoring during their Group B contest, in the women's hockey tournament at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 10, 2018.

Mr Manning told the Global times he thinks the president's remarks were "troubling" and hinted at the risk of U.S. military intervention is growing.

On one side of the arena, about 75 North Korean cheerleaders dressed in matching red with white caps made noise from the opening faceoff. Now the joint women's hockey team is playing their first game, offering a look at how sports diplomacy could work on the Korean Peninsula. Warming ties between the Koreas could complicate Seoul's ties with Washington, which wants to maximize its pressures on Pyongyang.

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