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US, North Korea talks very important: South Korean minister

US, North Korea talks very important: South Korean minister”

For the Japanese, it marked their first Olympic win in women's ice hockey.

SBS News reporter Kirsty Johansen is in South Korea for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games from February 9 to February 25.

It was easily the most evenly matched game the two teams have played, especially Korea who had been outscored by 8-0 margins in both previous games.

But the North said it wasn't interested.

The Korean women's team have become a showcase at the Olympics since it was chose to include 12 players from the North on the team.

Pence, who had refused to engage with the North Korean delegation as he was spearheading the US delegation during the PyeongChang Olypmics, hinted at holding dialogue with Pyongyang during a Sunday media interview on his way back to the U.S.

'Furthermore, we have a South-North unified team.

"It's too bad that the joint team didn't have much time to practice together, but the idea itself I thought was good", said Ra Jong-tae, a South Korean public sector official from Sejong City.

Moon said he had not yet reached a decision on whether to accept the invitation.

Ice hockey is not a widely popular sport in South Korea and expectations were low for the country's women's team, which is ranked 22nd worldwide, but they wound up attracting the most global attention of any team during the first week of the winter games. "Let's all just enjoy the game", said Japanese spectator Osamu Funatsu, 46.

"When I waved the unified Korean flag at them they got really pissed off and started kicking me in the shins".

Fans erupted while the North Korean cheerleaders jumped from their seats in the most uncoordinated moves they've made yet.

They were largely drowned out by South Korean rapper San E, who was delivering a pre-game performance.

The Vice President also reiterated the Trump administration's policy toward Pyongyang's weapons program and again teased the impending announcement of new sanctions against the Kim regime, which he previously said would be the "toughest ever".

The visiting cheering squad caused a small controversy when members donned masks that some observers said resembled a young Kim Il-sung, though Seoul's Unification Ministry denied it.

Pence warned the North of USA military capabilities.

Korean President Moon Jae-in today signalled another important step in the newly-found friendship with Kim Jong Un who had threatened to destroy his country.



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