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Watch the wonderful North Korean cheerleaders at work

Watch the wonderful North Korean cheerleaders at work

Seoul's presidential office says Moon during the luncheon proposed a toast calling for peace and "mutual prosperity" for the two Koreas.

Earlier Friday, Pence met with defectors from the North and invited them to tell their stories of repression under Pyongyang.

Internet problems before and during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday night are being investigated as a possible cyberattack, officials said Saturday.

"The 23rd Winter Olympics opened in Phyongchang of south Korea", KCNA wrote in English, using an alternate spelling for the Olympic city and, notably, the lower-case "south" - a style it uses to show it does not endorse the names "South Korea" and "North Korea".

If Moon accepts Kim's offer to come to the North, it will be the third summit meeting between the two Koreas. So can Olympic Diplomacy diffuse hostilities on the peninsula?

After meeting with South Korea's leader on Saturday, Pence said there is "no daylight" between the nations' views on Pyongyang. Both Pence and the North Koreans resisted Moon's initiative and avoided interacting with one another.

Not long after, North and South Korean athletes entered Olympic Stadium together, waving flags showing a unified Korea - the long-time dream, in theory at least, of many Koreans both North and South. Pence was "there to stand with Japan and South Korea", the official added when pressed on whether the vice president had intentionally dodged photo ops with Kim Yong Un's delegation.

Pence is viewing the short-track competition, in which eight Americans are participating.




But according to CNN, Pence and Moon did not discuss the invitation or the summit, with the Vice President instead telling reporters that he "spoke as friends" with the South Korean leader.

Kim Yong Nam, top left, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, top right, sit behind U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, bottom left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, bottom right, as they watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"The vice president is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions", Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said when asked about the developments. The ongoing rapprochement mood flared after Kim Jong Un said in his New Year's Day address that he was willing to send an Olympic delegation.

A Blue House official said Moon "practically accepted" the invitation.

The North Koreans might want South Korea and the United States to make concessions if they accede to this basic framework, such as delaying the U.S.

But North Korea has a habit of not letting itself be ignored when it comes to its southern rival. Pence fired off a tweet calling the North's participation in the Games a "propaganda charade" and saying the world must not 'turn a blind eye to the oppression and threats of the Kim regime'.

The discussions from Saturday's meeting weren't immediately released.

While they made the Winter Olympics ceremony a lot more interesting for some attendees, the pair was escorted out by security.


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