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Winter Olympics was hit by cyber-attack, officials confirm

Winter Olympics was hit by cyber-attack, officials confirm

But inside the meeting, there was a breakthrough. Of course, if North Korea moves forward with new provocations - such as missile or nuclear tests - all bets are off. But interestingly, Pence also suggested that during their bilateral discussions he and Moon had agreed on terms for moving forward.

Pence and Moon took two very different diplomatic approaches to the North Korean delegation's attendance at the games in Pyeongchang.

Based on that assurance, Mr. Pence was cited as saying he felt confident he could endorse post-Olympic engagement with Pyongyang.

"I didn't know the right timing to applaud", said one South Korean spectator. "That's why you have to have talks".

The North Koreans are planning to begin the concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday. That may be a bridge too far for the Kim regime, which is adamant that the worldwide community accept its nuclear status.




Trump has at times questioned the goal of further talks with the North after years of negotiations by previous US administrations failed to halt the North's weapons programs. While both the naturalized and South Korean-born players used English words for basic ice hockey terms such as "shoot", "pass" and "change", the North Korean players did not use any English terms.

But Pence has not let up on the tough rhetoric he's been delivering since arriving in Asia. In a speech Kim gave on New Year's Day, in which he first raised the possibility of the North participating in the Olympics, he vowed to "mass-produce" nuclear weapons and missiles. That would halt the diplomatic progress in its tracks.

"(The visit) shows that North Korea has a strong will to improve inter-Korean relations and that Pyongyang can make unprecedented and bold measures if deemed necessary", the ministry said.

North Korea has also been blamed for a series of cyber incidents including the WannaCry global ransomware attack, which infected 300 000 computers worldwide last May.

In an article titled "Shameful behavior using sacred Olympics for confrontational schemes, ' the ruling party's Rodong Sinmun daily accused Pence of 'snobbishly" asking South Korea to arrange the Olympic events so that he wouldn't run into North Korean delegates. It provides a real fix to the break between Washington and Seoul.


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