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Pence will use Olympics to push tougher stance on North Korea

Pence will use Olympics to push tougher stance on North Korea”

The vice president says there is no equivalence between the show of American force and the North Korean military parade held Thursday on the eve of the Olympics.

But folks were stunned when they thought they also saw North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump. Moon also met him at a reception as well as the opening ceremony on Friday and a meeting earlier Saturday at the presidential office.

The spectacle was greeted with apparent joy by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his guest, Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"It was a very emotional moment to get finally there after many years of hard work and many negotiations still taking place here", the German said the morning after the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has invited Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam to a luncheon at Seoul's presidential palace on Saturday in what would be the most significant diplomatic event between the rivals in years.

The outfits include Zhivago-style fur pillbox hats (one might say they look more like they'd belong to another authoritarian regime north of the Korean Peninsula), ruby red car-length coats with black fur stoles, black leather gloves, and booties.

Moon will later be joined by the visiting North Korean ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, in cheering for the first preliminary game of the two Koreas' unified women's ice hockey team, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

Pence says the USA and South Korea are "completely aligned".

Pence is leading the USA delegation to the opening ceremonies, where he has worked to pour cold water on warming ties between the two Koreas.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is not directly addressing news that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a visit, as the two Koreas use the Olympics as an opportunity for renewing ties.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is also in Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony.

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.

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



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