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He said the secretary-general was also in "the same general area" as a number of other officials from Pyongyang including North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, "but they were never in any personal contact with each other".
"Our objective here today is to stand with our allies, but it's also to stand up for the truth, and to recognize that whatever images may emerge against the powerful backdrop and idealism of the Olympics, that North Korea has to accept change", he said. They were also served North Korean-style fermented fish and white "kimchi" or fermented cabbage.
Moon was all smiles as he greeted Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, for lunch at the presidential residence.
Ann said the excitement around tonight's event reminded her of a time in the early 2000s when a visit by North Korean cheerleaders to South Korea was broadcast on television.
"But it turned out that there were many things similar and in common", she went on.
"Oh my god they're coming in right next to us!" said one spectator as they filed in, carrying blue bags and followed by a scrum of photo journalists and excited onlookers.
Even so, Pence and other USA officials seemed to be open to the possibility of a meeting, even if they were not actively seeking one.
The mood has hardly been conducive to any U.S. "There are some who would not want to be in the same room together if it wasn't for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics".
"There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile program", Pence told reporters aboard a flight back to the U.S.
In Pyeongchang, though, the two Koreas avoided talk of sanctions and basked instead in Olympic goodwill, which was nowhere more evident than on Saturday night when a joint Korean women's ice hockey team took to the ice. The Koreans were crushed by Switzerland, 8-0.
The most important part of the visit, however, came during one of the quieter moments.
Kim Yo Jong cuts a contrasting figure to her brother in North Korea's formal and tightly controlled state propaganda.
On Thursday, Seong-ho met and embraced Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier - the United States student who died in 2016 after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months.
Are these Winter Games having the effect South Korea had hoped, in thawing relations with the north?
Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, verbally delivered the invite to Moon on Saturday.
The pair of national leaders have been known to trade threats of nuclear war over the past year.
By also sending a youthful, photogenic individual who would surely draw global attention at the Olympics, Kim might have also been trying to construct a fresher image of the country, particularly in face of USA efforts to use the Olympics as an occasion to highlight the North's brutal human rights record.
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