Pence Avoids 'Interaction' with N.Korean Officials at Olympics

Pence Avoids 'Interaction' with N.Korean Officials at Olympics

Pence Avoids 'Interaction' with N.Korean Officials at Olympics

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"Present there were members of a high-level delegation of the DPRK and its National Olympic Committee delegation, art troupe and cheering group", it went on.

He supported Pence's moves to meet with North Korean defectors, paying respects at a memorial to 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack blamed on the North. Pence also invited as his Olympics guest the father of US college student Otto Warmbier, who died after he was imprisoned by North Korea for stealing a propaganda poster.

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The opening ceremony saw North Korea athletes march under the same flag as South Korea, part of a mini-detente in the lead up to the festivities that saw the resumption of talks that had stalled for more than two years. DN! speaks to Christine Ahn, the founder and worldwide coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War. Pence fired off a tweet calling the North's participation in the Games a "propaganda charade" and saying the world must not "turn a blind eye to the oppression and threats of the Kim regime". South Korea's president Moon Jae-in said in the build-up: "I would like to take this opportunity to convey greetings and a message of friendship from the people of Korea".

The pomp and circumstance of the opening ceremony officially kicked off the 2018 Winter Olympics Friday.

Some North Korean experts believe tough United Nations sanctions that are cutting off most of the isolated regime's sources of revenue might pressure Pyongyang to further engage with Seoul. "So we had our own", Aussie aerial skier and two-time Olympian David Morris said in his video post to social media. He also said the ceremonies were not the appropriate venue for serious talks.

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Also, North Korea sent its own cheerleader squad and an art troupe who are scheduled to perform in the Pyeongchang Winter Games. North Korea boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and blew up a South Korean commercial airliner the year before.

"But the opening ceremony for us was a great symbolic moment", IOC spokesman Mark Adams said at a press conference at the Olympic Main Press Centre in PyeongChang. Mr. Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe both shook hands with Mr. Kim.

Pence and the North Koreans have been an awkward presence at the Games to say the least.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has smiled and shaken hands with North Korea's 90-year-old nominal head of state as they attended a VIP reception before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

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