Don't mention nukes: South Koreans learn how to talk to the enemy

Despite holding a position that is just below Kim Jong Un in terms of hierarchical importance, Kim does not wield any real power, which is concentrated in the hands of the Supreme Leader.

Pence, right, and Kim Yo Jong, second left, attend the opening ceremony of Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

When asked about her experience with North Korean athletes, she said she did not encounter too many problems although at times it was hard to understand them because of the language differences.

Kim Yo-jong was earlier considered part of a high-level North Korean delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, but Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui- kyeom said she was here as a special envoy of the North Korean leader.

President Moon supports more engagement with North Korea and held three hours of talks over lunch on Friday in the presidential palace with Kim Yo-jong and Kim Yong-nam, who is technically North Korea's head of state.

"The US will not allow the propaganda charade by the North Korean regime to go unchallenged on the world stage", Pence tweeted on Saturday.

According to the presidential office, Moon replied: "Let us make preparations to realize the meeting".

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The Winter Olympics opened with a spectacular ceremony on Friday, attended by several heads of state who witnessed the joint march of North and South Korean athletes, as Games systems played up.

Pence said he would seek to counter North Korea's attempt to use the Olympics for propaganda and invited the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died a year ago after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months, to the Games in Pyeongchang. A Moon-Kim summit would mark the first time leaders of two countries have met in 11 years. "Please visit us at your convenience".

Both countries - and the United States - spent much of 2017 locked in a war of words because of North Korea's improving nuclear program and its provocative missile tests.

The North's KCNA news agency, reporting on a military parade in Pyongyang the previous day, introduced armed forces minister Kim Jong Gak as vice marshal and director of the military's General Political Bureau - a post previously held by Hwang. A senior White House official described Pence's tact as ignoring the North Koreans, but not avoiding them.

Upon their arrival at the Blue House, the delegation was received by Im, the chief of staff, outside the main building, and President Moon later greeted them in the lobby. International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach and the presidential couple of Switzerland also plan to watch the game.

"If young people can understand that, I think South Korean women's ice hockey players can think bigger for our nation and our people".

Medals will also be awarded Saturday in men's short-track speed skating, women's speed skating, women's biathlon and men's ski jumping.

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