After S. Korea visit, Pence insists 'no daylight' on North

Pick your poison: Winter Olympics or Summer Olympics?

Pick your poison: Winter Olympics or Summer Olympics?

Winter Olympics officials have confirmed the games were hit by a cyber-attack during the opening ceremony - but have refused to confirm rumours in Pyeongchang that Russian Federation was responsible.

Vice President Mike Pence is facing backlash for his staunch efforts to ignore North Korean officials at the Winter Olympic Games, even as the two Koreas continued their temporary truce, marching and competing as one team.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters in Saga Prefecture that dialogue between the two Koreas must be "based on the premise that North Korea will change its basic nuclear and missile policies".

Pence's tweeted day-after position: "The U.S. will not allow the propaganda charade by the North Korean regime to go unchallenged on the world stage". That, predictably, was the image that North Korea's main newspaper put on its front pages.

The 12 North Korean members of the squad are: number 4 Kim Un-Hyang, 14, Ryo Song-Hui, 18 Kim Un-Jong, 25 Ri Pom, 26 Kim Hyang-Mi, 27 Jong Su-Hong, 32 Choe Un-Gyong, 39 Hwang Chung Gum, 41 Hwang Sol-Hyong, 42 Ryu Su-Jong, and 47 Choe Jong-Hui. "I thought things would be unusual and very different, but I found a lot of things being similar", Kim said while proposing a toast at Sunday's dinner, according to Moon's office.

This sentiment was echoed by a separate source close to the Abe government. If North Korea won't show real flexibility, the Trump administration will be off the hook and Moon's diplomatic gambit will have failed.

Pence said Friday that the USA would oppose talks between the two Koreas until the North agreed to open negotiations on ending its nuclear program.

The night before, Kim and other North Korean delegates attended the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, watching a "unified" Korean team march under a banner showing an undivided Korean Peninsula.

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In 2012, Kim donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Salesian of Don Bosco to help support the missionary brothers in South Sudan and to establish Catholic Schools throughout the war-torn country, meeting with Salesian brothers in Seoul to personally deliver the gift.

Any summit between the two still-officially warring Koreas would be a coup for Moon, who has been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

President Trump's right-hand man was at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Saturday night to watch the opening session of short-track speedskating and, for the second evening in succession, he was unable to avoid a connection to North Korea.

The North Koreans might want South Korea and the United States to make concessions if they accede to this basic framework, such as delaying the U.S.

Sung said organizers sold 99 percent of 35,000 tickets to the opening ceremony, though viewers noticed many empty seats.

Kim Yo Jong was the flawless choice to lead the North's delegation. The North's taekwondo team arrived in the South on Wednesday.

There's worry, too, that the proposed summit in Pyongyang may come with preconditions - a North Korean specialty.

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