North Korea's over-the-top cheerleaders cause a stir in Pyeongchang

Pence raises prospect of US-North Korea talks

Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister and close adviser, just sat down for a historic meeting with the president of South Korea in the latest surprising development to come out of the North's decision to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Kim Yo Jong was sent south of the Korean demilitarized zone by her brother Kim Jong Un, along with a delegation from their country.

Inside, it had seven more pictures of their meetings with Moon and the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang - four of them featuring the South Korean leader, who was described as president. Moon had replied, "Let's create the environment for that to be able to happen", according to the presidential Blue House.

The Winter Olympics opened earlier today (local time) with cultural and artistic performances as well as the customary parade of athletes, which was the delegations from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea under one flag, carried together by a sportsperson from each team.

But the overture by the North also risked driving a wedge between South Korea and the United States, its main military ally, which has been campaigning for "maximum sanctions and pressure" against North Korea.

"We get along personally, so I believe that Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, if they talked they'd probably get along".

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The Trump administration is wary of engagement with the North, which has been subjected to increasingly tough global sanctions, unless it shows clear signs of giving up its nuclear weapons program. During their meeting, she invited him to visit North Korea. However, he did not meet with Yong-nam and Yo-jong. US Vice-President Mike Pence, sitting a few seats away in the same Opening Ceremony VIP booth, looked stony faced as the scene unfolded.

The response was seen as meaning that there should first be progress on efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff, such as talks between the United Sates and the North, before what would be a third inter-Korean summit takes place.

A South Korean and a DPRK female ice hockey player passed the Olympic flame to the final torchbearer Kim Yuna, who lit the Olympic cauldron at the main stadium.

Dr Bong Young Shik, of Yonsei University's Institute for North Korean Studies, said the denuclearisation issue "must be part of the equation of the inter-Korean summit".

"We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games", he said in Japan earlier this week.

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