Pence avoids meeting top N. Korean official

She joined South Korean President Moon Jae-in, his wife and VIPs in their dignitary box to watch the opening ceremony.

The North Korean delegation will also include Kim Yong Nam, the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Choe Hwi, chairman of the country's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

The high-ranking North Korean delegation had landed in South Korea earlier in the day aboard Kim Jong Un's white private jet which had the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name, inscribed in black in Korean on its side, followed by the North Korean flag.

Moon's luncheon meeting with the North Koreans was announced Thursday, as Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea carrying a message from Washington: not to waver from strong sanctions against North Korea.

"We are determined to make sure that even in the midst of the powerful background & idealism of the Olympics, the World is reminded of the truth about North Korea", Pence tweeted on Friday.

But previous meetings between the divided Korea's leaders failed to shut down the North's weapons programs.

North Korea's cheering squad will begin its main activities at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics at a match of the unified South and North Korean women's ice hockey team Saturday. But is also to stand up for the truth.

The Pyeongchang Olympic Games are expected to come with plenty of political drama, as U.S. Olympians have already spoken out against the Trump administration.

"They have to abandon their nuclear ambitions".

At breaks in the skating the cheerleaders sang songs of encouragement to the delight of the crowd, who gave them a rousing ovation at the end of each rendition.

The vice president's visit was also marked by bad blood between Pence and some US athletes. "He cheered for the U.S.", the official said.

Still, the United States has a huge influence on talks of how to handle the North's threats of nuclear attacks.

A spokesperson for President Moon said he hoped the two countries would work towards a summit and called on the United States and North Korea to resume dialogue. He has referred to the games as the "Olympic Games of peace".



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