Amid Olympic thaw, Pence says allies united in isolating North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks with president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam as Kim Yo Jong the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un looks on after North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra's perfor

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Suk, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, watch North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra's performance in Seoul, South Korea, February 11, 2018.

"North Korea clearly appears to be winning the gold", said Kim Sung-han, who served as Korea's vice foreign minister in 2012-2013 and who now teaches at Seoul's Korea University.

By also sending a youthful, photogenic individual who would surely draw worldwide attention at the Olympics, Kim might have also been trying to construct a fresher image of the country, particularly in face of US efforts to use the Olympics as an occasion to highlight the North's brutal human rights record.

Kim Yo Jong and her delegation spent three days dining with top government officials, including Moon, watching the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and cheering for the united women's ice hockey team the two Koreas have fielded at this Olympics.

He said the North was using the Games for crude propaganda.

To drive home the administration's message, Pence will meet with North Korean defectors while in South Korea and be accompanied by the father of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was brutalized during North Korean captivity and died shortly after his release. South Korea's former presidents Kim Dae-jung and his successor Roh Moo-hyun held summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in 2000 and 2007, respectively.

"Now is not the time to postpone U.S".

The atmosphere could deteriorate on the Korean Peninsula after South Korea and the U.S. resume joint military exercise, which the allies have suspend until after the Olympics. "It is important to move forward with the drills as planned", Abe said, according to South's presidential Blue House. Moon replied that it was not appropriate for Abe to have raised the issue, which he described as an internal affair.

Indeed, it is the fear of a successful North Korean propaganda gambit that motivated the US vice president's attendance.

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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. It has only deepened over the years as the North closes in on the ability to field an arsenal of nukes that can hit USA cities.

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North Korea's Alpine skiing coach says it's an "honor" to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, though he doesn't expect much from any of his athletes.

"North Korea is skilfully driving a wedge between the U.S., Japan and South Korea".

It was part of a cross-border deal in which the isolated nuclear-armed North sent hundreds of athletes, cheerleaders and others to the Pyeongchang Winter Games in the South.

Tensions soared past year as the North staged a series of nuclear and missile tests in violation of United Nations resolutions, while leader Kim and US President Donald Trump traded colourful insults and threats of war. She is on a U.S. sanctions list over alleged links to human rights abuses in North Korea.

The Games has seen better ties between the two Koreas despite tensions over the North's nuclear programme.

Fuel prices have risen and more wood-fired Soviet-era trucks have been seen on the outskirts of the capital, said the resident, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Without inter-Korean coordination, the USA would return to pressuring North Korea". The North then withdrew its request after it asked for more fuel than Seoul was willing to provide, a Seoul official added.

And now, U.S. ice hockey Olympic champion Angela Ruggiero has called for the unified Korean hockey team to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach called it "a very emotional moment", one that gave him "goosebumps".

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