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All broke out in broad smiles.

The invitation was issued through Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong, who was attending the Games with the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam.

Sporting diplomacy took place alongside kicking, screaming and flying planks of wood here today as North and South Korean athletes combined in a joint taekwondo demonstration here today.

"Good job", Bach and President Moon said to the players, shaking hands one by one with all of them.

At the opening ceremony, Pence and the North Koreans, who were seated in the row behind him, studiously ignored each other, even as Moon and his wife turned around to greet the North Koreans warmly. It's a high-stakes manoeuvre by Moon, and who knows how the coming month may change relations across the 38th Parallel that divides the two Koreas - it may bring the Cold War that still lingers in the Korean peninsula down a notch or two, perhaps even more, or the situation may revert to unyielding hostility.

A visit by Moon to the North would enable the first summit between leaders from the two Koreas since 2007. There was another handshake.

"We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games", Pence said.

As Switzerland demolished a unified Korean hockey team at the Pyeongchang winter Olympics on Saturday, despondent home fans at least had another contest to distract them; a clash of cultures featuring North and South Korean cheerleaders.

As First Vice Director of the Central Committee of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, Kim has been an increasingly prominent figure in North Korea's leadership and is considered one of the few people who has earned her brother's absolute trust.

It is understood the game-changing decision to hold crunch talks was arranged by the tubby dictator's sister, Kim Yo-jong.

They met the unified Korea team and took group pictures with the players on the rink after the game.

Athletes from North Korea and South Korea marching under the same flag in the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games was a significant symbolic moment for many. He directly criticized the parade, but was then asked if the USA had ceded "moral high ground" on the issue given President Donald Trump's interest in holding such a parade himself.

The first liberal president in a decade, Moon has repeatedly said since his election in May that he'd be willing to visit Pyongyang and meet with Kim Jong Un if that would help solve the North's headlong pursuit of a nuclear arsenal that can target the US mainland.

"The girls have been great, they fit in well with our team", said Marissa Brandt, who was adopted as an infant out of South Korea and whose sister plays on the US team. Public reaction when the joint hockey team was announced was considerably mixed, and Moon's approval rating fell 6 percentage points. Reuters reports that he skipped the symbolic desert called "A Plate of Hope", a "dark chocolate tempered in the shape of barbed wire lay over a map of the Korean peninsula rendered in thin blue chocolate, a representation of the heavily militarized border that separates Games host South Korea and its old enemy in the North".

Although inter-Korean talks are occurring on the sidelines of the Olympics, Pence is confident that Seoul and Tokyo "are solidly with our alliance and the need to continue and intensify economic sanctions", the official said.



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