North Korea's Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president to meeting

Karen Pence, North Korea's Kim Jong Uns sister Kim Yo Jong and Vice President of the United States Mike Pence watch the opening ceremony

The apology appeared to have helped defuse a spat in which Iran on Thursday summoned South Korea's ambassador over reports that its athletes would not receive a US$1,100 smartphone each.

The announcement came a day after the stunning image of the two Koreas marching together under a unified flag in the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The divided Koreas have held two inter-Korean summits, both in Pyongyang, with the second summit held between the late South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and the late Kim Jong-il in 2007.

Some local media reported system problems, including the Games website and some television sets, were due to a cyberattack but Sung said it was still too early to determine whether hackers had attempted to damage them.

"As they marched in together, South Korean president Moon Jae-in shook hands with North Korean president Kim Yong-nam and Kim Yo-jong, the sister of Kim Jong-un".

"It didn't affect the opening ceremony", Park said.

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That said, these officials said that if the North Koreans had approached Pence with pleasantries, he would have responded in kind.

South Korea's president held landmark talks with the North's ceremonial head of state and the sister of its leader Kim Jong Un Saturday, even as the U.S. warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive.

Earlier on Friday, Pence and second lady Karen Pence met with North Korean defectors at the Cheonan Memorial, which is located outside of Seoul, South Korea. The White House official says Pence stood only for the USA team, despite other people in the box standing and applauding when athletes from the two Koreas walked in together.

North Korean leader Kim reviewed the display of military might, the first to take place since April a year ago, from a balcony above the plaza.

To recap, the President sent the Vice President to a football game featuring the 49ers, a team that would definitely be protesting during the anthem, and then launched a plan to literally grandstand (there were bleachers and everything) with a huffy exit.

Mr Pence stood to welcome the USA athletes as the Korean pop hit "Gangnam Style" blared around the stadium, sparking the "Horse Dance" in the crowd and among the volunteers.

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