Trump, Kim Jong Un impersonators tossed from Olympics opening ceremony

Kim Yo-jong sits behind South Korea president Moon Jae-in during the Opening Ceremony

Asked later if Moon's desire to accept the North Korean invitation to visit Pyongyang undermined Pence's trip or detracted from his message, a senior administration official said: "No, I don't think it does in the least".

The performance is the first by North Koreans in the South since 2000, when another orchestra crossed the border for a joint concert to mark Korea's Liberation Day on August 15.

Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for President Moon, told a televised press briefing that Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the DPRK leader, delivered a letter of Kim Jong Un to Moon showing Kim's willingness to improve inter-Korean relations.

Looking confident and relaxed, she had a brief meeting at the airport with South Korean officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, before being whisked away in a black limousine and catching the high-speed train to the mountains of Pyeongchang.

Kim Yo Jong and her delegation were greeted by government officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon, before boarding a bullet train to Pyeongchang.

"I leave here very confident that we are going to continue to do the things we've known have to be done to continue to pressure North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions", Pence said.

The prospect of two-way talks between the Koreas, however, may not be welcomed by the United States.

The North's Olympic "detente" is a striking shift in tactics.

The invitation, delivered in person by Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, will likely cause consternation in Washington, where the Trump administration has been leading a campaign to put "maximum pressure" on the Kim regime to give up its nuclear program. Before now, she had been seen mainly in photos, but often in the background, as her brother took center stage. This is her first high-profile worldwide appearance at center stage, though she is technically just a member of a delegation headed by Kim Yong Nam.

Vice President Mike Pence did not deliberately snub North Koreans at an Olympic reception, according to U.S. 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.

Kim Jong Un and President Trump impersonators were booted from the Olympic Games' opening ceremony.

In December, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offered to start talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, but the State Department later said there would first have to be a "period of calm" in which Pyongyang suspends testing before any negotiations could begin.

For security reasons, few details of Kim Yo Jong's three-day itinerary have been made public.

Pence, Kim Yo Jong and other world leaders attended the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, just 80 km (50 miles) from the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea.

It was an emotionally charged moment.

The allies appeared to agree that North Korea should make progress on denuclearisation before a summit can be held.

Pence had arrived in South Korea for the opening of the Olympics with a clear intention to isolate North Korea.

"It is absolutely necessary for the North and the United States to engage in talks at an early date", he cited Moon as saying.

Does this man not know that the Olympic Games are not supposed to be political?

Two South Korean presidents, both of them progressives, have gone to Pyongyang for summits before, both with Kim Jong Un's father.

The joint Korean hockey team lost 8-0 to Switzerland in its historic debut match on Saturday night.

Other members of the North Korean delegation present at Saturday's meeting included Ri Son Gwon - who led the first sit-down talks at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) earlier this year, and Choe Hwi. A Moon-Kim summit would mark the first time leaders of two countries have met in 11 years. In January 1968, Ms. Kim Yo Jong's grandfather, founding North Korean president Kim Il Sung, sent a squad of North Korean commandos to Seoul who tried unsuccessfully to kill then-president Park Chung-hee.

In general, the US and its allies were against the North Korean parade being held, calling it provocative.

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