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"There were some issues that affected some of our non-critical systems last night for a few hours", said Sung, according to Reuters, before adding that authorities are working to figure out what exactly happened.

Despite favorable coverage in the South Korean media that largely ignored the horrors inflicted on North Koreans by Kim's regime, many ordinary South Koreans were skeptical of the North's motives.

The North Korean delegation arrived in the South on Kim's private plane on Friday via Incheon worldwide airport to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyongchang Winter Olympics where Seoul and Pyongyang are represented by joint teams. They technically remain at war, and no member of the Kim family has set foot in South Korea since the end of hostilities in the Korean War in 1953.

The athlete said the experience was overwhelming especially because some 3,000 people were watching, including the South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong.

Warning against North Korea's "smile diplomacy", foreign policy experts urge the global community to carefully gauge how serious Pyongyang is about engaging in negotiations for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Many experts say Kim's overture is meant to use improved ties with Seoul as a way to weaken US -led worldwide sanctions toughened after its series of big weapons tests previous year that include its sixth and largest nuclear test explosion and three intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

Pence spent the days leading up to the Pyeongchang Olympics warning that the North was trying to "hijack the message and imagery" of the event with its "propaganda".

The charity's statement comes after the joint Korean women's ice hockey team and the pro-unification flag show.

Vice President Mike Pence is cheering on USA speed skaters at the Winter Olympics, before departing South Korea for Washington on Saturday.

She and Kim Yong Nam, the North's 90-year-old nominal head of state, were seated behind Moon and his wife, while Mr Pence and his wife were seated beside the Moons and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

There's worry, too, that the proposed summit in Pyongyang may come with preconditions - a North Korean specialty.

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

The downside for Washington is that it could expose growing differences with Seoul on the best way to deal with North Korea and achieve the ultimate goal of denuclearization.

Pyeongchang Olympic organizers are investigating a possible attack on their internet and Wi-Fi systems that took place about 45 minutes before the opening ceremony.

In its efforts to bring North Korea to the Pyeongchang Games, South Korea paused joint military exercises with the USA and relaxed a series of sanctions, including on individuals like Ms. Kim.

"Kim Jong Un is clearly serious about reviving talks with the South to improve relations", said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a security adviser to Moon.



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