Winter Olympics 2018 - Opening ceremony

South Korean President Moon Jae-in toasts North Korea's ceremonial head of States Kim Yong-nam in a reception held in Yongpyeong 200 kilometers east of Seoul just before the opening of the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 9 2018. (Yonh

Pence Sees 'No Daylight' on Need to Continue Isolating North Korea

Perhaps the most intriguing geopolitical news to come out of the start of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, held in PyeongChang, South Korea, might be the fact that the two Korean states chose to unify on the global stage for the occasion.

According to CNN, though Moon and Pence did not discuss the invitation during an afternoon meeting, a US official "added that Pence does not believe that the invitation dilutes the toughness of the United States pressure campaign on North Korea".

Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader's sister, hand-delivered the letter to Moon as the North Korean delegation met with southern officials.

Washington, however, is widely considered still skeptical about the North's intention, while U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stressed the need to continue applying "maximum pressure and sanctions" against the North, in a meeting with the South Korean president here on Thursday.

On Saturday, the DPRK delegation paid a visit to Moon at the presidential Blue House.

Interestingly, the two women ascended the steps together during the opening ceremony to pass the torch to former figure skating Olympic champion Kim Yu Na who lit the cauldron.

North Korea and South Korea could soon take part in a historic meeting that might help to end the current nuclear standoff.

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Kim will vie for her first-ever gold medal Tuesday in PyeongChang, South Korea, in the snowboard-halfpipe finals. The 13-year-old Kim won silver in the X Games and had the scores to qualify for Sochi had she been old enough.

The North's representative, its highest-level official ever to visit the South, was placed between Olympics chief Thomas Bach and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The Olympics-inspired detente mood flared after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un abruptly expressed his willingness to send an Olympic delegation. He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government.

The unified Korean team snapped a selfie at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Moon was invited to a summit with Kim, even as the United States warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive.

Angela Ruggiero, a four-times ice hockey world champion and Olympic gold medallist, told Reuters she would ask others to nominate the team, which included 12 players from North Korea which is still technically at war with the South.

Otto had been in North Korea on an organized tour when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel. The Korean news service reported that spectators who purchased tickets to Olympic events were unable to print their reservations until the site came back online Saturday morning.

Pence did say, however, that Moon shared with him details of his meeting with North Korean leaders, without elaborating.

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