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There are growing concerns the cyber-attack was Russian in origin, and was a response to the fact the Russian Olympic committee was banned from the games in December - along with almost 200 Russian athletes - because of state-sponsored doping at the games in Sochi in 2014.

Moon also urged North Korea to talk to the United States, his office said.

The Trump administration is wary of engagement with the North, which has been subjected to increasingly tough worldwide sanctions, unless it shows clear signs of giving up its nuclear weapons program.

But Moon has also said that he would be willing to meet Kim only if he received assurances from the North that it would help resolve the crisis over the North's nuclear weapons program. For months now, the world has been grappling with fears of a nuclear war as North Korea has steadfastly refused to toe the US's line on nuclear de-escalation leaving Pence with no option but to keep piling on sanctions on the country with one of the worst human rights record globally.

Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test previous year and in November tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile that experts said has the range to reach anywhere in the United States.

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Moon had replied, "Let's create the environment for that to be able to happen", according to the presidential Blue House. During their meeting, she invited him to visit North Korea.

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Pence and his wife were spotted sitting adjacent to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, during the opening ceremony of the games.

"We know that Western media are planning pseudo-investigations on the theme of "Russian fingerprints" in hacking attacks on information resources related to the hosting of the Winter Olympic Games in the Republic of Korea", Russia's foreign ministry said.

The Games in South Korea are due to finish on Feb 25. "I wanted to connect South Korea's past, present and future".

Linear TV deliveries for Friday night's opening ceremony peaked at 31.5 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. EST, coinciding with when Team USA made its entrance during the Parade of Nations.

Moon hoped to use the Olympics to ease tensions and North Korea agreed to send high-profile officials as well as athletes. "The families are well connected and intensely loyal to the Kim family regime". The supporters waved blue and white flags that showed an undivided Korean Peninsula.

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