Pence sidesteps encounter with North Korean official

Pence sidesteps encounter with North Korean official

Pence sidesteps encounter with North Korean official

"South Korea has some hard homework to solve regarding some countries", President Moon said in a speech before Pence arrived.

Vice President Mike Pence did not deliberately snub North Koreans at an Olympic reception, according to U.S. officials who pushed back on South Korean reports that Pence deliberately came late to a VIP gathering Friday evening and then snubbed officials from Pyongyang.

Kim Yo Jong, believed to be 30, arrived at the Games following a massive military parade and a speech by her brother touting their nation's "global military power". The South Korean president mentioned the need for the North to resume its dialogue with the United States.

Joint military exercises and sanction implementation should continue as scheduled, if North Korea continues to refuse any discussion dealing with the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Moon's office said Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, came to the South as his special envoy.

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North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho met and embraced Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier - the USA student who died days after his release from a North Korean prison.

The games are taking place amid an worldwide standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons, but I thought the official role of the Olympics was for us to have a place where we leave all that stuff at home? At Friday's opening ceremony, for example, Moon shook hands with Jong, as Pence, sitting merely feet away, looked stone faced, never acknowledging the North Korean delegation.

Pence was seated between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"All broke out in broad smiles", AP notes and adds that Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, was at the opening ceremony with North Korea's nominal head of state, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam. But South Korea has said the agreement failed to meet victims' needs, calling for more steps.

Guterres met the 22-member North Korean delegation, which was led by Yong-nam. "The vice president will remind the world that anything the North Koreans do during the Olympics is a charade to disguise the reality of the oppression inside North Korea".

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