S.Korean PM hosts lunch for high-ranking N.Korean delegation

The perverse fawning over brutal Kim Jong-un’s sister at the Olympics

The perverse fawning over brutal Kim Jong-un’s sister at the Olympics

Mr Moon is eager to use Kim Yo Jong's presence at the games to restore regular communication with North Korea and eventually pull it into nuclear talks.

Conservative activists tore photos of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and attempted to burn its national flag in demonstrations here on Saturday against Pyongyang's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force Two as he returned from watching the opening of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, Pence said he was encouraged by his own meeting with the South Korean president.

"President Moon and President Trump are completely aligned in their objective for a nuclear free Korean Peninsula", Pence said.

The last summit was held in October 2007 between Roh Moo-hyun and Kim Jong Il, the father of the current North Korean leader.

The sight of North and South Koreans marching together for the first time in a decade was the culmination of months of work by Seoul.

Taekwondo athletes from North and South Korea produced a stunning demonstration in Gangwon as sporting diplomacy took center stage alongside kicking, screaming and flying planks of wood on Saturday.

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Vice President Mike Pence's efforts to keep North Korea from stealing the show at the Winter Olympics proved short-lived, drowned out by images of the two Koreas marching and competing as one.

Warmbier, an American college student who visited North Korea in 2015, was imprisoned by the government and accused of attempting to steal a propaganda poster.

The dictator's sister, Kim Yo Jong, and the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, were seated a row behind.

But previous meetings between the divided Korea's leaders failed to shut down the North's weapons programs. The vice president also opted not to attend a dinner where he was expected to sit with a member of the North Korean delegation.

The supporters cheered from all four sides of the ice rink as the unified Korean women's ice hockey team were hammered 8-0 by a strong Switzerland side.

A senior administration official said Moon did express to the vice president that he hoped there could be some potential interaction between Pence and the North Korean delegations during the games - something that did not occur.

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