Pence `Encouraged' by Talks With South Korea's Moon at Olympics

Pence `Encouraged' by Talks With South Korea's Moon at Olympics

Pence `Encouraged' by Talks With South Korea's Moon at Olympics

South Korean player Ko Hyein said: "We had a tight game at first in the first period, but our mental toughness wasn't really good so we lost our posture after suffering the first goal".

The North Koreans earlier Saturday invited Moon to visit Pyongyang in what would be the Koreas' third summit talks since their 1945 division.

Not long after, North and South Korean athletes entered Olympic Stadium together, waving flags showing a unified Korea - the long-time dream, in theory at least, of many Koreans both North and South.

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At the opening ceremonies 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 vice president returned to the USA on Saturday having made no effort to ease the tensions between the US and North Korea.

Pence is viewing the short-track competition, in which eight Americans are participating. This will also be challenging for the Moon administration given the continuing approach by the US, South Korea's key ally, to exert maximum pressure on North Korea to abandon its weapons programmes.

The opening ceremony was attended by several heads of state and included North Korea's ceremonial leader, Kim Yong Nam, and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The pressure campaign is not only going to continue, it's going to intensify until they denuclearize and that all options are on the table. Even if he had met the North Korean officials, Pence would simply have reiterated his mantra that North Korea can not reap the benefits of being part of the community of nations while it threatens the world with its nuclear and missile aggression.

Kim Jong-il, Kim's father, had met with two South Korean presidents in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, before his death in 2011: with President Kim Dae-jung in 2000, and with President Roh Moo-hyun in 2007.

According to the spokesman, Moon replied by suggesting the nations "create the right conditions" for the meeting to go ahead and had "practically accepted" the invitation.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate".

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Moon did not immediately accept the invitation.

Already there have been concerns that North Korea's overture of the sports diplomacy is an indirect attempt by the regime to wedge a rift between the US and South Korea.

The discussions from Saturday's meeting weren't immediately released. He has been trying to beat back North Korea's charm offensive while working to fix the break between the USA government and South Korea, whose leader is openly pushing for more engagement with Pyongyang.

This item corrects that Kim Yo Jong is the leader's sister. Asia experts said Pence's sour conduct toward the North Koreans could be seen as disrespectful to the South Korean hosts, who were demonstrating a moment of harmony with the North.

Moon is joined by his national security director, intelligence chief, chief of staff and the unification minister.

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