Joint Korean Women's Hockey Team Competes for First Time in Olympic History

North Korean athletes look on during the welcoming ceremony ahead of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

North Korean athletes look on during the welcoming ceremony ahead of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

A high-ranking North Korean delegation of Kim, and North Korea's nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, had arrived in South Korea earlier in the day aboard Kim Jong Un's private jet.

Kim's special envoy, his sister Kim Yo Jong, delivered the verbal invitation during a lunch meeting with Moon at Seoul's Blue House, spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

That is the assessment of a former South Korean government minister and political experts who say the North has used the Games to drive a wedge between South Korea and its US ally and to potentially ease pressure on its sanctions-crippled state.

And as the South appeared to look favorably on warming ties on the Korean Peninsula, Pence insisted Saturday "there is no daylight" among the United States and allies South Korea and Japan in intensifying pressure on the North over its nuclear and missile programs.

Many experts say Kim's overture is meant to use improved ties with Seoul as a way to weaken US -led worldwide sanctions toughened after its series of big weapons tests past year that include its sixth and largest nuclear test explosion and three intercontinental ballistic missile launches. "But what is more important than anything is that we are together". The North and the United States were also holding a series of high-level talks on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

The North's political delegation was set to leave Sunday. The U.S. -led global community has been tightening the screws on North Korea with sanctions created to punish its economy and rein in its efforts to expand its nuclear weapons and missile program, which now includes developmental long-range missiles targeting the U.S. mainland.

At the opening ceremonies on Friday, Pence sat stone-faced in his seat as Moon and North Korean officials stood together with much of the stadium to applaud their joint team of athletes.

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The powerful Kim sister also attended Friday's opening ceremony, but before the hockey match there were none of the flag-burning protests over the North's Olympic presence that had marked the previous few days.

Kim Yo Jong, 30, is an increasingly prominent figure in her brother's government and the first member of the North's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Moon apparently cited the conditions necessary for an inter-Korean summit.

"I know that people are watching for a wedge between South Korea and the United States".

Deepening the odd-man-out optics for Pence, Moon and Kim, smiling broadly, exchanged a handshake and cheered the team enthusiastically.

He also said he will strongly urge Moon to work toward future-oriented bilateral relations. Dennis also boosted his career as an actor perfectly portraying the USA president with his distinct gestures and facial expressions.

Korea, ranked 22nd in the world, nearly took a surprise lead when Han Soojin's shot hit the crossbar in the first period but never looked like threatening after that against the side now ranked sixth in the world.

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