Intruder at Opening Ceremony had to be ejected twice

Intruder at Opening Ceremony had to be ejected twice

After meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Pence said there should be no consideration of using the Games as an opening for substantive talks with the North until its nuclear program is up for negotiations. The last time before yesterday was at the Asian Winter Games in China in 2007.

Vice President Mike Pence did not deliberately snub North Koreans at an Olympic reception, according to USA officials who pushed back on South Korean reports that Pence deliberately came late to a VIP gathering Friday evening and then snubbed officials from Pyongyang.

Led by Kim Yong-nam, the North's nominal head of state, the delegation that arrived at Cheong Wa Dae at 11 the highest level group to be hosted by Seoul's presidential office.

As the world comes together for the Winter Olympics, which kicked off Friday in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on everyone to recognise and promote the Games' universal message of peace and tolerance.

She is the first member of the Kim dynasty to visit South Korea, though her grandfather, Kim Il Sung, travelled to areas occupied by his troops south of what is now the Demilitarized Zone during the 1950-53 Korean War.

This is her first high-profile global appearance though she is technically just a member of a delegation headed by the North's aging senior statesman, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam. Thirty years after hosting the Summer Games, the Pyeongchang Olympics has commenced with a hope for peace from everyone around the world.

The athletes elicited a standing ovation by most leaders in the VIP box, including Moon and Kim's sister.

Mr Moon took a commemorative photo with the North Korean guests prior to their talks.

Moon sees the Olympics as an opportunity to restore meaningful communication with North Korea after an extended diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear ambitions. They could also see a performance by a visiting North Korean art troupe in Seoul before heading back to Pyongyang. It was only at the start of this year, and after many additional rounds of sanctions, that Kim Jong-un finally accepted the olive branch.

He made it to the stage right after North and South Korea marched together behind the blue-and-white unification flag.

The vice president also met with North Korean defectors while in Pyeongtaek.

"He [Pence] could have sat with the USA delegation and avoided the box but he chose not to. knowing the North Koreans would be seated behind him", said a US official.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate".



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