Mattis says North Korea can't drive wedge between South, US

Pence spent the days leading up to the Pyeongchang Olympics warning that the North was trying to "hijack the message and imagery" of the event with its "propaganda".

South Korea and the US have maintained a close military alliance since the 1950-53 Korean War, much to the anger of the North.

To achieve this, he'll obviously have to walk a precarious diplomatic tightrope between his ally, the USA and his old enemy, North Korea.

And now, Mr Kim has invited the South Korean leader to a summit in Pyongyang at the "earliest date possible".

The South Korean president also stressed the need for the communist North to resume its dialogue with the United States.

The powerful Kim sister also attended Friday's opening ceremony, but before the hockey match there were none of the flag-burning protests against the North's Olympic presence that had marked the previous few days.

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

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The visual was important, a U.S. official said. "But he stayed there the entire time. and talked to Moon and Abe and their spouses, and the North Koreans sat in the back and didn't talk to anybody, and that image is telling".

Yo-jong's visit to the South was the first visit by a member of the ruling Kim family ever since the Korean War ended in 1953.

The team took to the ice for the first time on Saturday, losing to Switzerland but winning over the crowd as North Korean cheerleaders and South Korean fans roared the players on.

A senior administration official said Moon did express to the vice president that he hoped there could be some potential interaction between Pence and the North Korean delegations during the games - something that did not occur.

Mr Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said that Mr Kim's sister verbally delivered his offer during a lunch meeting with Mr Moon at Seoul's presidential palace.

Moon shook hands with both Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam at the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, and they cheered as athletes from North and South entered the arena together behind a unification flag showing an unbroken Korean peninsula.

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