North Korean delegation's South Korea visit meaningful: Pyongyang media

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Pence - who reportedly was seated close to Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - did not stand when Team Korea entered the stadium.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, shook hands Saturday with Kim.

Korea experts called the surprise move by North Korea an attempt to divide South Korea from the United States, which sent a delegation to the games led by Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSpace exploration is good for American jobs Trump approves Indiana Medicaid work requirements Democrat Manchin: Pence attacks prove "they don't want bipartisanship" in Trump admin MORE.

North Korean officials refused to meet with any US representatives after months of tensions between the two countries over the North's nuclear weapons program.

"If Kim Il Sung was pointing to a wall and said there is a door, Kim Yong Nam would believe that and try to go through it", Koh was quoted as saying in the 1997 book The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History, by Don Oberdorfer.

Much has been made of Olympics rapprochement between North Korea and South Korea, which are still split by war.

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It was not immediately reported whether the North Korean leader's sister would attend the evening match against Switzerland . The U.S. and its allies are not ruling out military action against North Korea, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News .

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But North Korea's awful record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind. Moon gave qualified consent to holding a future summit with Kim, the first between the two Koreas since 2007.

South Korea suggested the formation of a joint team as part of its efforts to use the Games to re-engage with the North and pave the way for talks over the North's weapons programme. "The North announced Kim's visit only last night, so working-level officials are now arranging who will be his counterpart and what they will discuss", the spokesman said.

Moon's office says the North Korean delegates were served traditional food from the Gangwon province, a mountainous coastal area that's home to the Olympic towns of Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

"I would love the team to get the Nobel Peace Prize", Ruggiero, a member of the IOC's executive board said a day after the unified Korean team competed at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Yesterday, Kim's sister was photographed at the Winter Olympics sitting just rows behind US Vice President Mike Pence.

The luncheon also includes Choe Hwi, chairman of the North's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

It's unclear whether the occasion could be used to set up bigger meetings between the Koreas to ease tensions.

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