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Pence arrived Friday in Pyeongchang to cheer on American athletes, but said he is warning the world against falling for the glossy image of the two Koreas as they are set to march in the opening ceremony under one flag.
In its first reports about the Games, North Korea's state-run media slammed U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday for what it called "shameful" and "snobbish" behavior not in line with the spirit of the Olympics.
North Korea's ice hockey player Hwang Chung Gum (L) and South Korea's bobsledder Won Yun-jong (R) lead the Unified Korea's delegation at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium, Feb. 9, 2018.
On Saturday North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited the South's President, Moon Jae-in, to Pyongyang for talks.
President Moon Jae-in and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will jointly attend a North Korean art troupe's concert in Seoul, officials said Sunday.
The father of American college student Otto Warmbier, who died shortly after being released from prison in North Korea previous year, said he hopes his family's presence at the Olympics is a physical reminder of the power and brutality of the Kim regime. There are sure to be protests, as well: Not all South Koreans agreed with the move to shake up South Korea's women's hockey team just weeks before the Olympics began, to put the home flag away in favor of a neutral banner.
The event was hosted by South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon for North Korea's high-level delegation.
The United States insisted it would continue its policy of exerting global pressure on North Korea in an effort to get it to abandon its nuclear program.
'Make no mistake about it, the United States of America has viable military options to deal with a nuclear threat from North Korea but, that being said, we hope for a better path, ' he said. He'd been dispatched from Washington for the Olympics in part, he said, to make sure the world didn't forget that North Korea was a misbehaving and unsafe neighbor in the community of nations.
The banquet was held in Gangneung, a city near Pyeongchang, which is the venue for this year's Winter Olympics.
Kim Yo Jong earlier on Friday became the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Speaking to NBC's "Nightly News" on Thursday, the vice president continued to stress that the U.S. would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland". Seated in a row with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean president Moon Jae-in, he ended up nearly directly in front of the previously snubbed Mr. Kim.
They were jammed together in January because of a political accord - and a desire by South Korea's leaders to include their northern neighbors in the Winter Games.
Kim Jong Un dispatched his 30-year-old sister, Kim Yo Jong, as part of the delegation. North Korean medalists often ignored South Korean competitors who extended their hands for handshakes at podiums.
An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South's Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang.
During an intermission, South Korean rappers Dynamic Duo took to a stage and worked up excited young South Koreans around them with a version of Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk".
The Koreans got a glimpse last week of how the game might feel in an exhibition against Sweden.
The significance of Pence and the North Koreans sitting in the same box seemed to run counter to the mission he was supposed to undertake. The vice president also drew criticism from some openly gay members of Team USA, who questioned his role at the Olympics due to his anti-LGBT views.
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