Spectators were visibly moved, HuffPost Korea reported, with some in the audience tearing up at the sight.
"With respect to the vice president's trip to the Olympics and whether there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea, I think we'll just see", Tillerson said, according to The Washington Post.
The games already have became a diplomatic feat as much as an athletic one.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a staunch supporter of dialogue with the North, has done everything to make the Olympic rendezvous peace and help calm the situation on the peninsula. "There are some who would not want to be in the same room together if it wasn't for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics".
In sharp contrast to the message of Olympic unity, Mr Pence's own symbolic gestures were determined to put a reality check on Kim Jong-un's charm offensive.
After months of tensions, the athletes from the two countries marched under the same flag in the parade ceremony. The two will be attending the opening ceremony, where a North Korean delegation will also be present.
"Seriously, the team. Something that is recognizing the sacrifice they made to adjusting their competitions", she continued.
The run-up to the vice president's visit was marred by reports of a potential breach with South Korea over how to handle the North, with Mr Pence warning he would not allow Pyongyang to "hijack" the event with "propaganda".
"In this spirit we are enjoying an excellent cooperation together in many areas".
The invitation was delivered in a meeting between Moon and the North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo Jong.
She is the first member of Pyongyang's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
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